New 2019 Edition
During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, African Americans in Kansas City fought with others across the country for full political, social, and economic rights. Empowered by political groups such as Freedom, Inc., local black activists championed legislation for public accommodations and fair housing and demanded equal education and employment.
“There are two things we should all care about,” the late civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer once said. “Never forget where you came from, and always praise the bridges that carried us over.” In their own ways, and in their respective fields, the six African Americans celebrated on these pages made their marks and served as “bridges” – breaking down barriers in Kansas City, elevating and inspiring an entire community. We honor their achievements and those of dozens of other individuals spotlighted in past editions of Kansas City Black History.
Limited quantities of posters and booklets are available in print. Copies of the booklets and posters will be available in January 2019 at the LINC Main Office, LINC Caring Communities sites, the Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and some branches of Mid-Continent Public Library.
If you are not able to visit a library location or LINC Caring Communities site, click the link below and we will send you one Black History 2019 set.