In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, The Black Archives of Mid-America will host a screening of this short yet powerful documentary which tells an important aspect of the story not touched on by the Hollywood feature – the true story of the forgotten heroes of the fight for voting rights, the courageous students and teachers in Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, violence and arrest.
Start the school year off right with an evening out at The Black Archives of Mid-America. Exclusively for educators, this is our first annual teacher appreciation and open house event. Independently explore our permanent and temporary exhibits spaces, learn more about the various collections, resources, and programming available at the archives all while mingling with other educators over drinks and appetizers. Summer vacation may be over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be. All educators – primary, secondary, and post-secondary – are welcome.
Whether we identify as black, Latino, Asian, Native American or white, we have all been profoundly impacted by the concept of race in America. The historical and contemporary manifestations of racial conflict in this country have made conversations concerning the issue of race painful and extremely complex so it is often times altogether avoided, even at our own peril. However, recent events in our nation compel us all to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and decide what kind of future we ALL want to have - for ourselves and our children.
The Black Archives of Mid-America will partner with the Cross-Border Network for Justice and Solidarity to host an evening with one of the African diaspora’s most outspoken human rights defenders, Alfredo Lopez. The Cross Border Network is a grassroots organization based in Kansas City which recognizes the common interests of working people in North America and builds ties for common action among them. Mr.
The Black Archives of Mid-America in conjunction with the Kansas City Public Library and Rainy Day Books present Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and author, Leonard Pitts Jr. who will discuss his powerful new novel, Grant Park. Grant Park is an audacious and eloquent take on politics, race, and recent U.S. history, and yet another demonstration that Pitts, beyond his identity as one of America’s most celebrated columnists, has emerged as an important voice in contemporary American fiction.
Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to learn from two of the region’s most highly celebrated museum industry professionals. This information session will serve to help collectors, enthusiasts, and all other attendees better understand how to protect and preserve their personal photographs, and rare or historically significant documents. Deborah Dandridge is the University of Kansas Spencer Library Research Field Archivist and the Curator of the African American Experience Collection and Kansas Collection.
Since its release nearly twenty years ago, there are still many who have not seen the Oscar nominated film, Amistad. Amistad is a 1997 historical film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture.