Join Project Equality for the 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit on February 24 from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium. The event highlights this year’s theme, “Many Beliefs, One Community: Building Interfaith Bridges” and features keynote speaker Eboo Patel. Patel, who authored Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership, is a leading voice in the interfaith movement and is a frequent speaker on religious pluralism. Tickets include a continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch, and parking in the Cherry Street parking garage (levels 5 and 6). For specific agenda details, visit the site.
On February 23, join the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey for their annual Black History Month offering, Setting the Stage, featuring live performances accompanied by an African-American dance history slide-show. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Gem Theatre, 1615 East 18th Street, Kansas City. For more information, call 816-471-6003.
Kansas City’s The Local Investment Commission (LINC), along with its partners, the Black Archives of Mid-America and the Kansas City Public Library, is again producing and sharing its annual Black History educational poster set and booklets. For Black History Month 2017, the set focuses on Midwest Luminaries. Obtain material copies at the Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America, and select branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Visit the website to view the materials in advance.
Peruse the historical artifacts and exhibits at Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 East 17th Terrace, Kansas City. The Archives is a center for learning and research into the African American experience the central United States, with specific focus in the Kansas City Missouri region. For further information or to plan your visit, check out the site.
Visit St. Joseph’s Black Archives Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue, in honor of Black History Month. The museum features exhibits on such topics as the Underground Railroad, the Middle Passage, desegregation, music, education, sports, and other aspects of African-American history in St. Joseph. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame, created to showcase the achievements and contributions of St. Joseph’s African American citizens. Visiting hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. While there, be sure view the video, In Their Own Words: An Oral History of African-Americans in St. Joseph, showcasing the experiences of fourteen individuals growing up in the St. Joseph area during segregation and the civil rights movement.
Join the book discussion at the Fair Grove Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library on February 8 at 1:30 p.m. The adult event will explore the literary work, Ar’n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South, by Deborah Gray White. Visit the February program listings or call 417-759-2637 for additional information.
Join Columbians in commemorating Black History Month with a film festival at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the month of February at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center, 701 East Ash. Continue the celebration at the family-friendly Gospel Explosion & Soul Food Dinner Musical Celebration on February 26 at 3 p.m., featuring local gospel music and a soul food feast. Visit the site for specific details and event updates.
The Friends of the Missouri State Archives’ February 16 Thursday Evening Speaker Series features authors James W. Endersby and William T. Horner and will highlight their book, Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation. For additional detail and future events, visit the site.
Celebrate African-American History Month with the Missouri River Regional Library at the First Friday Film screening, The Great Debaters, on February 3 beginning at 7 p.m. in the MRRL Art Gallery. For more information, visit the February events calendar.
Enjoy the annual Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration, featuring special guest artist Byron Stripling, on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Louis Symphony’s Powell Hall. Join conductor Kevin McBeth and the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® chorus in celebrating African-American culture and traditions that have influenced the history of St. Louis, as well as cities around the world. Purchase tickets online or call 314-534-1700.
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