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Monthly Event Hosted at the Black Archives of Mid-America
February 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
In honor of Black History Month, we encourage you to join us on Wednesday, February 28th to tour the renovated Black Archives of Mid-America building!
The mission of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, Inc. is to collect, preserve and make available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Black Archives of Mid-America is an educational resource and provides access to its collections for research, exhibition and publication to honor our community heritage and to catalyze public awareness.
Not too long ago, many of the Archives’ holdings were locked away in the former firehouse headquarters at 2033 Vine St. which was closed in 2006 leaving valued historic artifacts with an uncertain fate. While still sitting as Missouri Attorney General, Jay Nixon started the dialogue to get a new board in place and change the overall direction of the Archives thanks in part to support from local constituents.
Between the $1M Kauffman Foundation donation in 2008 and Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation Department’s contribution of $5M, the Archives’ holdings were safely moved into the renovated Archives’ building by 2010. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to view pieces of history that were almost lost in time!
Thanks to the host, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences is proud to support the Urban Core Group and the Black Archives of Mid-America. Consistent with the mission of serving diverse populations, the College is committed to reaching out to organizations that support the strengthening of our communities. The College prides itself for fostering and facilitating opportunities for students and faculty to participate in community activities. Thus, we offer a helping hand with compassion and mercy. As the College fulfills its vision of growth, hope and prosperity, it will continue to support the Urban Core with the simple gift of giving and with a sentiment of confidence and optimism.