Images Courtesy TKAAMuesum.org
February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month, and it is a celebration of the achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” which began in 1926 and was designated as the second week in February. The week was chosen as it coincide with Abraham Lincolns Birhtday on the 12th and Fredrick Douglass's birthday on the 14th. In 1976, as part of the United States' bicentennial, President Gerald Ford officially recognized the expansion of "Negro History Week" into "Black History Month". Since then other countries including the United Kingdom and Canada have devoted months to the appreciation and celebration of black history.
What better way to appreciate and participate than to visit your local African American Museum?
The Kansas African American Museum
TKAAM is a regional arts and cultural museum dedicated to making the African American experience relevant and resonant to every Kansan. The museum resides in what is formerly the Calvary Baptist Church, a once prominent cornerstone of Wichita’s black community. Their exhibits and programs promote multiculturalism, art appreciation and activism throughout history.
601 N. Water Wichita, KS 67203
Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from noon - 4:00 p.m.
General Admission: $5.50 per person ($2.00 per person for groups of 10 or more)
Student (with ID)/Senior Admission: $4.50
Child Admission: $2.50
Black History Month Events:
Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter & White Privilege- February 17th
Wichita State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting this month’s keynote speaker, Tim Wise. Wise is an anti-racist activist, essayist and author. He is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Admission is free to all WSU students, faculty and staff. General admission is $5. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place at WSU's Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.
Black Comedians on Black Comedy- February 27th
TKAAM will be hosting comedian and Author Darryl Littleton on February 27th from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the museum for $40 per person, or $60 per couple. Darryl will be delivering a lively lecture and comedy show about the history of black comedy. Also, an exclusive directors cut screening of Robert Townsend’s “Why We Laugh” will be shown.
Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle and Back to Fort Scott-
The Wichita Art Museum is currently displaying Gordon Parks's photo Untitled, from Scott City, 1950. Parks isone of the most recognized African American artists of his time. Additionally, Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle depicts the civil rights struggle in photos from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Both displays will be open until May 8.