Marva Whitney Listening Party

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Marva Whitney built a name for herself singing background vocals for the legendary James Brown and went on to become one of Funk R&B’s most revered divas. Eugene Smiley, a highly respected R&B musician in his own right, and friend of Whitney, will give an informal presentation regarding her life and contributions. The afternoon will include a discussion of Whitney’s memoir, God, The Devil, and James Brown and a listening party in which several local DJs will spin Whitney’s music which has been sampled extensively by the hip hop community.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

Mbembe Milton Smith Poetry Series: Frank X Walker

Named after one of Kansas City's most outstanding African American poets, the Mbembe Milton Smith Poetry Series focuses on the work of poets who are using poetry as a vehicle to correct distorted depictions of African American history or to shed light on otherwise overlooked historical African American figures or events. The inaugural session will feature Frank X Walker, the state of Kentucky's first black Poet Laureate and winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 6:00pm