The Library commemorates Black History Month with a collection of speaker events, activities, and book discussions. Tune in to watch live online, or check out past programs on our YouTube channel.
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS
Community Remembrance Project | Sunday, February 6, 2022
In this Missouri Valley Sundays presentation, Carmaletta Williams, chief executive officer of the Black Archives of Mid-America, discusses her work with the Equal Justice Initiative to memorialize victims of lynchings and other racial violence in Missouri. She talks, too, about how those memorials can promote community healing.
All Boys Aren't Blue | Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Writer and activist George M. Johnson discusses his 2020 memoir on growing up Black and queer and the controversy – in the Kansas City area and nationwide – that has erupted around it. All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto is among the titles being challenged by parents who deem the books’ content as inappropriate for students and want them removed from school libraries.
Wikipedia 101: Black History Month Edition
Learn how to use Wikipedia in this series of four events in partnership with the Black Archives of Mid-America. Source material for Wikipedia examples and editing will come from the award-winning 2021 KC Black History publication created in partnership with the Black Archives of Mid-America, the Local Investment Commission (LINC), and the Kansas City Public Library. No Wikipedia experience is required.
Wikipedia 101: Context, History and More | Thursday, February 3, 2022 | Noon
Wikipedia 101: Creating an Account and Editing | Thursday, February 10, 2022 | Noon
Wikipedia 101: Wikidata Basics | Thursday, February 17, 2022 | Noon
Wikipedia 101: Uploading Images Using Wikimedia Commons | Thursday, February 24, 2022 | Noon
Past Program Videos
Drawing from her bestselling book The Sum of Us, strategist and political commentator Heather McGhee examined the wide social and economic toll of racism in America and how it’s in the interest of everyone, not just people of color, to push for change. She joined the Library for an online conversation on October 19, 2021.
Award-winning author and social justice scholar Dr. Monique W. Morris joined Kansas City Public Schools’ Dr. Lateshia Woodley in an August 26, 2021 discussion of the societal and educational disparities faced by Black girls and other girls of color. They draw from Morris’ book Pushout, which was adapted into a documentary film of the same name.
Drawing from her book Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, Northwestern University clinical psychologist Inger Burnett-Zeigler examined the popular trope of the strong Black woman and the personal suffering it all too often masks. The Library’s Kaite Stover joined her in the public conversation on July 26, 2021.
In a July 25, 2021, Missouri Valley Sundays discussion of his book Black Smoke, James Beard Award-winning food writer Adrian Miller chronicled the influence of Black pitmasters and restauranteurs – including some Kansas City legends – on America’s barbecue history and culture.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed discussed her bestselling book On Juneteenth, in which she weaves American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir into a series of essays on our “long road” to the effective end of slavery on June 19, 1865. Her online Library presentation took place June 28, 2021.
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