February 2018: African American History Month
Celebrate African American History Month with fellow Missourians at an event near you:
- Join Project Equality for the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Summit on February 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium. The event highlights this year’s theme, “Creating a World that Works for All, Strengthening the Case for Inclusion: Business, Non-Profit and Community,” and features keynote speaker Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale. Taylor O’Neale, who specializes in diversity and inclusion program design, trans- and cross-cultural competency assessment and education, and diverse team and group process development, has consulted in forty-eight countries across four continents. Tickets include admission to the event, continental breakfast, lunch, and parking in the Cherry Street parking garage (levels 5 & 6). For specific agenda details, visit the site.
- On February 22, join the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey for their annual Black History Month offering, Setting the Stage, featuring live performances accompanied by a narrated slide show. The free event will kick off at 7 p.m. at Kansas City’s Gem Theatre. 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. 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 2018 materials in advance.
- Peruse the historical artifacts and exhibits at Black Archives of Mid-America. 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 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. 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.
- Engage in the book discussion at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The adult event will explore the literary work Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Scroll through the February program listings or call 417-883-1974 for additional information.
- Connect with Columbians and commemorate Black History Month with film offering Selma on February 7 at 7 p.m. at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center. Continue the celebration at the Black History Month Art Expo on February 23 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the site for specific event details and updates.
- The Friends of the Missouri State Archives’ February 22 speaker event features author Keona K. Erwin highlighting her book Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis. For additional detail, explore the site.
- Celebrate African-American History Month with the Missouri River Regional Library at the First Friday Film screening, Marshall, on February 2 beginning at 7 p.m. in the MRRL Art Gallery. Check out the February events calendar for further information.
- Award-winning storyteller and author Bobby Norfolk will portray George Washington Carver on February 19 at the Southern Boon County Public Library beginning at 10:30 a.m. Additional performances, also on February 19, at 2 p.m. at the Callaway County Public Library and at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. Additional events may be found online.
- Enjoy the annual Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist Oleta Adams on February 23 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.
- Catch the Missouri History Museum’s exhibit, #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, showing now through April 15, 2018.
- The St. Louis County Library highlights Black History Month with a speaker event featuring Judge Jimmie Edwards and honoring Dr. Art McCoy. The February 23 presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters and celebrates this year’s theme “Engaging the Present to Honor the Past.” Explore the site for additional events.
- Stay up to date with Black History Month events and news throughout the year by exploring The St. Louis American.
- The St. Louis Art Museum will feature Black History Month Films on February 24 – 25 at 2 p.m. in the Farrell Auditorium. For further detail and updated information, visit online.
Learn more at the following Black History Month resources:
- The Association for the Study of African American Life and History investigates the 2018 theme “African Americans in Times of War.” Visit the site for further information and additional ASLAH events throughout the year.
- Celebrate Black History Month with PBS’s Black Culture Connection programming. Explore BCC online for specific details.
- Explore Black History at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s website or get involved with your local NAACP unit.