• Friday, January 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

    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. Confident that their struggles mattered in human history, black scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders self-consciously used their talents to change how this city and the world viewed African Americans. Come celebrate with us as we launch a new series of programs at the Black Archives of Mid-America to commemorate this important legacy.

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Location: Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC’s Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the African American Book to Film Series throughout the month of February. This program seeks to underscore the importance of reading books by African American authors and viewing the popular film adaptations of these novels in order to gain a fresh perspective relating to issues that confront the African American community. A preliminary discussion with noted moderators is planned to provide context for the historical issues, contemporary contrasts, and visual cues to be aware of while viewing the films.

    RSVP to 816.701.3401

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Location: Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC’s Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the African American Book to Film Series throughout the month of February. This program seeks to underscore the importance of reading books by African American authors and viewing the popular film adaptations of these novels in order to gain a fresh perspective relating to issues that confront the African American community. A preliminary discussion with noted moderators is planned to provide context for the historical issues, contemporary contrasts, and visual cues to be aware of while viewing the films.

    RSVP to 816.701.3401

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Location: Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC’s Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the African American Book to Film Series throughout the month of February. This program seeks to underscore the importance of reading books by African American authors and viewing the popular film adaptations of these novels in order to gain a fresh perspective relating to issues that confront the African American community. A preliminary discussion with noted moderators is planned to provide context for the historical issues, contemporary contrasts, and visual cues to be aware of while viewing the films.

    RSVP to 816.701.3401

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Location: Plaza Library, 4801 Main Street

    The Kansas City Public Library, The Black Archives of Mid-America, and UMKC’s Black Studies Program are working in partnership to present the African American Book to Film Series throughout the month of February. This program seeks to underscore the importance of reading books by African American authors and viewing the popular film adaptations of these novels in order to gain a fresh perspective relating to issues that confront the African American community. A preliminary discussion with noted moderators is planned to provide context for the historical issues, contemporary contrasts, and visual cues to be aware of while viewing the films.

    RSVP to 816.701.3401

  • Friday, February 6, 2015 - 5:30pm

    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. These photographs provide invaluable insight into particular community leaders, clubs and organizations, and civic institutions.

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Reception: 6 p.m.
    Program: 6:30 p.m.

    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. Walker will be reading from his various collections including Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

    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.