Public Reception

Over the past century, African American life, history, and culture have evolved tremendously in Kansas City, the United States, and the entire world. Beginning with Black History Month and throughout the remainder of the year, the Black Archives of Mid-America will be celebrating the accomplishments of a people who 100 years ago were thought to have played no role in the unfolding of history and were considered a threat to American civilization itself.

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

“Soul of Art” Pop Up Art Gallery

The purpose of the “Soul of Art” Pop Up Art Gallery Series is to celebrate the contributions of the African American arts community and to educate audiences through exhibition and discussion. The February session will focus on photography by exhibiting photographs contained in the Black Archives Special Collections. Attendees will have the opportunity to step back in time, witnessing the work of two of Kansas City’s most prolific photographers, Matthew W. Washington and Charles Williams.

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

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