Black History Month Events in Kansas City

While we recognize that Black History should be honored and recognized every month, not just in February, we want to also highlight and recognize the work and celebrations of Black lives, contributions, and excellence, happening in Kansas City, throughout the month of February. Below is a list of resources and events from some of our colleagues across the city. Are we missing someone? Please let us know by contacting us at and we will happily add their contributions to our list. Thank you in advance for sharing and highlighting our community!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

African American Inventors with an Entrepreneurial Spirit
Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Inc.
Featured speaker: Carroll G. Lamb, Founder and Executive Director of The Institute of Black Invention & Technology, Inc. (TIBIT) Mr. Lamb has an entrepreneurial spirit that shines clearly through his collection. Mr. Lamb and his wife have spent over two decades collecting and researching African American history with an emphasis on African American inventors and innovators. They have showcased their TIBIT exhibits in various venues across the United States.

Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Harmony Gala
Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council
This fifth annual event is a fundraiser for the UMKC Health Sciences Hill Diversity Scholarship fund.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

2019 Black History Month program, with keynote: Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks
The American Jazz Museum and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group
Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks will discuss “Black Migration and Shifting Black Faiths,” exploring the roles and changing dimensions of religion in black communities during the Great Migration and beyond. Jelks will expand on themes presented in his new book “Faith & Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americas: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver and Muhammad Ali.”

Thursday, February 21, 2019

UMKC University Libraries 10th Annual African American Read-In
The UMKC University Libraries invite you to attend our 10th Annual African American Read-In! Registration is now open for listeners and sharers alike, for this FREE event, which is open to the public. Read, sing, or perform a work from an African American author or artist of your choice, or just come to listen, reflect, and enjoy. Drop-in presenters are welcome as time allows.

Throughout February:

Mid-Continent Public Library Black History Month for Families, Children, and Adults
Mid-Continent Public Library