February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada, and our sisters to the south in Mexico celebrate Black History in March. As we strive within our organization to live up to our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we honor and celebrate the struggles, the history and the leaders of our multifaceted world.
February 18, 6:30-7:40 pm
The Montford Point Marines: A Case Study on Integration
When President Franklin Roosevelt signed a 1941 executive order banning discrimination in the military and all other government agencies “because of race, creed, color or national origin,” the then-Commandant of the Marine Corps made his objection clear. “If it were a question of having a Marine Corps of 5,000 whites or 250,000 Negroes,” Maj. Gen. Thomas Holcomb infamously said, “I would rather have the whites.” In an online discussion in conjunction with Black History Month, Jeremy Maxwell of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the unit that successfully integrated the Marines in 1942.
Watch the discussion live here.
February 19, Noon
The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum is proud to present Jazz @ Noon featuring Bryan Alford Experience.
This virtual, no audience show will be featured on the American Jazz Museum’s Facebook page for a limited time.
February 19, Noon
Clinical Culture and Diversity Series – Legacies of “The Venus Hottentot”: Black Women’s Bodies in Culture & Medicine
The KU Medical Center Clinical Culture and Diversity Series explores issues related to intercultural communication in the clinical setting. Giselle Anatol, University of Kansas Professor and President of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, will be the featured presenter.
Zoom Meeting Link, Passcode: 950665
- The African American story of History and Culture in Kansas City
Download the digital edition of Kansas City Black History 2021
- Library of Congress: African American History Month
- History.com: Black History Month
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History: Origins of Black History Month
- Rachel Cargle