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Black History Month

Programs for Adults

Military Service by African Americans

African American military service history began with Colonial America. Most are familiar with Tuskegee Airmen, Civil War and Buffalo soldiers.

Tuesday, February 11 | 6:30 p.m.
North Oak

Saturday, February 22 | 2:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit

Monday, February 24 | 7:00 p.m.
Red Bridge


George Washington Carver: America’s Leonardo da Vinci


Born a slave in southwest Missouri and then abducted by outlaws, orphaned, and shunned at the local school, George Washington Carver persevered to become one of the nation’s finest scientists and inve

Monday, February 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center

Monday, February 3 | 6:00 p.m.
North Independence

Born a Slave

His family has been identified as Caucasian for five generations; but after more than 30 years of genealogical research, local historian David W. Jackson discovers an ancestor who was born a slave.

Tuesday, February 18 | 6:30 p.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center

Wednesday, April 1 | 6:00 p.m.
North Independence

Blacks in Blue at the Battle of Westport

Thu, Feb 6 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Registration Required
The substantial role of African Americans during the Battle of Westport is less well-known and sometimes omitted in the discussion of the Battle of Westport.

Programs for Families

Tommy Terrific’s Black Cowboys of the Old West

For Black History Month in February, Tommy Terrific's Wacky Magic will perform an educational magic show about the Black Cowboys of the Old West.

Friday, February 21 | 11:30 a.m.

Friday, February 21 | 2:30 p.m.
Grain Valley

Saturday, February 22 | 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, February 22 | 3:00 p.m.
North Oak

Cotton, Rag Dolls, and the Underground Railroad


Kansas City’s connections to the Underground Railroad run deep.

Tuesday, February 25 | 6:30 p.m.

The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers

Experience the history of the African American Buffalo Soldiers, and discover how they distinguished themselves from the American frontier to the battlefields of World War II.

Wednesday, February 5 | 6:00 p.m.
Lee's Summit

Saturday, February 15 | 11:00 a.m.
Blue Ridge

Thursday, February 20 | 2:00 p.m.
Midwest Genealogy Center

Underground Railroad: The Who, What, and Where Did It Go

Cultural historian Brother John shares the secret codes, symbols, agents, and songs of the Underground Railroad as well as added insight into this chapter in America's history.

Saturday, February 8 | 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 18 | 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14 | 11:00 a.m.
Lee's Summit

Online Resources

Online Resources

Browse all of our online resources related to African American history.

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