Black History Live Museum Celebrates Changemakers Then and Now

Last modified: 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

During Black History Month, we celebrate the African American experience and the legacies of those who have shaped the history of our nation. But the stories and achievements we observe and admire aren’t relegated to the past. We recognize that, each day, there are people building on foundations laid by those who came before them, making a way for generations to come. 

For this year’s commemoration, the team at the Library’s Kansas City Digital Media Lab (KCDML) came up with a way to highlight Black figures past and present who have left indelible imprints in their own unique ways. In 2020, the Library’s Southeast Branch hosted a Black History Live Museum – an in-person experience honoring Black achievement through performances and exhibits. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the second edition of the “museum” is taking a different approach and moving online. 

Each week in February, KCDML will produce a set of videos highlighting notable African Americans and their achievements. Several Library staff and community members have selected and researched prominent Black figures they admire and recorded online “exhibit” testimonials about their respective honorees. Videos will be released weekly and, at the end of the month, segments of all the recorded contributions will be collected into a single Live Museum video presentation.

The project follows the theme “The Journey Continues,” underscoring the ever-changing impact of our collective past and today’s ongoing efforts to ensure equality, justice, opportunity, and freedom for all.

Videos will be posted and linked to below each week when they become available, or visit the KCDML’s YouTube channel.   
 

RELATED:   Celebrate Black History Month at the Library
 



 



Poem: “The Lesson pt 1” 

Presented by:  Marcus Brown, Lead Facilitator, Kansas City Digital Media Lab 





 



 



Nas 
Hip-Hop artist

Presented by:  Jordan Brown, Library Assistant 




 



 



Kansas City Monarchs

Presented by: Kyriece DeVine, Facilitator, Kansas City Digital Media Lab





 



 



Bernard Powell
Civil rights activist

Presented by: Kiesha Collins, Youth Services Librarian, Kansas City Digital Media Lab



 



 



Josephine Silone Yates
First Black woman to head a college science department

Presented by: Monica Jedine, Manager, Southeast Branch



 



 



Jackie Ormes
First African American woman cartoonist

Presented by:  Samantha Edwards, Youth & Family Engagement Librarian



 

 
 

 



Claudette Colvin
Civil rights pioneer

Presented by:  Molly Doroba, Early Learning Librarian



 



 



Amanda Gorman
National Youth Poet Laureate

Presented by:  Jackie Brown, Facilities Services Specialist

 


 



 



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil rights leader

Presented by:  Marcus Brown, Lead Facilitator, Kansas City Digital Media Lab 

 


 



 



Amy Sherald
Artist

Presented by:  Lisa Gooden, Senior Collection Development Librarian, Youth Specialist




 



 



Nat Turner
Enslaved preacher who led a rebellion

Presented by:  Jordan Brown, Library Assistant 

 


 



 



Sophia Danenberg
First African American and the first Black woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest

Presented by:  Andrea Ellis, Director of Strategic Learning
 



 



 



Debbie Allen
Dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director, producer

Presented by: Kiesha Collins, Youth Services Librarian, Kansas City Digital Media Lab

 


 



 



Mo'ne Davis
Groundbreaking athlete

Presented by: Kyriece DeVine, Facilitator, Kansas City Digital Media Lab
 




 

 



Octavia E. Butler
Science Fiction Author

Presented by Jamie Mayo, Assistant Director of Youth and Family Engagement





 

 



Mary Ann Shadd Cary
First black woman publisher in North America and the first woman publisher in Canada

Presented by Caroly Perez, Library Assistant, Southeast Branch