Black History Month 2015 - Recognizing African American Educators
LINC along with its partners the Kansas City Public Library and the Black Archives of Mid-America is again pleased to produce and share its annual Black History educational poster set and booklets.
Education has always been a priority for African Americans, believed to be, as one scholar noted, the “hope and chief vehicle for attaining equal social, economic, and professional opportunities.” Slaves risked their lives to learn to read, and many states, including Missouri, instituted laws that prohibited their education. Following the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves, two major black educational institutions were established in the Kansas City metropolitan area: Western University in Quindaro, Kansas, founded in 1865 as Freedmen’s University, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, established in 1866 as Lincoln Institute.
Schools served as anchors for the black communities of Kansas City, educating generations of families and molding future leaders – both national and local. Teachers and administrators at area African American schools, like those across the country, were highly educated professionals in their fields. Due to institutional segregation, black educators with advanced degrees could not find employment in white institutions of higher learning and therefore took positions in segregated elementary and high schools. As a result, the students attending institutions such as Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri, and Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kansas, benefited from having the highest-quality teachers in their respective school districts.
Copies of the booklets and posters will be available in late January 2015 at LINC Caring Communities sites, the Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and some branches of Mid-Continent Public Library.
Limited quantities of posters and booklets from prior years are available in print, all are available for download below. For copies of priors years or bulk orders please contact firstname.lastname@example.org