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Black History Month In Wichita

The Kansas African American Museum

Images Courtesy TKAAMuesum.org

February is Black History Month, or National African-American History Month, and it is a celebration of the achievements of 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 coincided with Abraham Lincolns birthday (Feb. 12) and Fredrick Douglass's birthday (Feb. 14).

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 a month to the appreciation and celebration of black history.

What better way to participate than to visit your local African American Museum?

The Kansas 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 the former Calvary Baptist Church, a once-prominent cornerstone of Wichita’s black community. The museum's 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:

Brown Bag Diversity Discussion Series: BLACKISH

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1
Location: Rhatigan Student Center 266

This discussion will focus on various topics affecting Black people in society today. Brown Bag Discussions allow the Wichita State University community the opportunity to learn and talk about specific issues related to diversity and multiculturalism.

Social Justice Institute: Find Your Voice

Time: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 3
Location: Rhatigan Student Center 2nd Floor

The Social Justice Institute provides an opportunity for students to find their voices through this event. Various workshops will be hosted by WSU faculty and staff as well as local grassroots organizations, in order to teach students how to develop strategies that will foster positive change on their campuses and in their communities. This institute will examine oppression, power, privilege and how students can be the change they want to see.

Register online.

Civil Rights in Wichita Day Lecture

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8
Location: Wichita Central Library

How much do you know about Wichita's role in the Civil Rights movement? Dr. Gretchen Eick, history professor at Friends University,  will discuss Wichita's part in the movement. Eick has researched and authored a book about this important time in our city’s past.

Cosponsored with Kansas Humanities Council, Wichita Public Library and Department of Criminal Justice.

Black History Month's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Weems, Jr.

"Whatever Happened to Black Insurance Companies? The Decline and Disappearance of an African American Community Institution"

Time: 6 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 9
Location: Hubbard Hall 208

Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr., the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University, will discuss the rise and fall of black-owned businesses locally and nationally.

Mining the Trust Gap: Ferguson and American's Changing Views of Police Behavior

Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
Location: Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex Room 180

Using a wide variety of sources including interviews and public opinion data, this discussion explores views of police processes of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Cosponsored with Kansas Humanities Council, Wichita Public Library and Department of Criminal Justice.

SNAPS: Black History Poetry Slam

Time: 7:06 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 23
Location: Rhatigan Student Center Bluestem Lounge

This event invites you to experience the rich tradition of black poetry. Guests will hear from favorite local community poets and talented WSU students.

Cosponsored Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Delta Mu Chapter.


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