Event Series

Community Stories with Carl Boyd

The Community Stories program connects key African Americans to the larger Kansas City community for the purpose of sharing and documenting new insight to historical events. Presenters for this program offer unique counter-narratives for well-known events, thus providing the community with a fresh perspective for engaging historic phenomena. Carl Boyd serves as host for this lively program series, and interviews are recorded and integrated into the archival collections of the Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.

Horace M. Peterson III Lecture Series

This quarterly lecture series invites published and critically acclaimed scholars to engage community members regarding their work in the study of African American culture and history. This program hosts scholars on the national stage and allows Kansas Citians the opportunity to contribute to significant intellectual trends and debates.

Mbembe Milton Smith Poetry Series

This poetry series highlights the contributions of artists whose work provokes discussion of provocative historical issues related to our community, region, and country. This series also features an interactive poetry workshop component where participants, inspired by the featured artist, can hone their skills in the development of this classic art form.

Soul of Art Pop Up Gallery

This program coincides with the larger “First Friday” arts initiative in Kansas City’s “Crossroads.” It features a variety of mixed media artists whose work interrogates prominent aspects of African American life and culture. Artists featured in this program express themselves through sculpture, painting, photography, and through performance art.

Black Documentary Discussion Group

This program series features award-winning documentaries portraying the triumphs and challenges of the African American experience. Program participants engage in a spirited review of featured documentaries, and exchange with moderators who have a level of expertise in the subject matter being addressed. This program also takes place on a quarterly basis.