Our Black History Program partners with several organizations throughout the state to create and sustain programs dedicated to increasing our understanding of the Black experience in Missouri. 

Over the last several years we have dedicated over $150,000 to increasing Black History and community programming throughout Missouri. We remain dedicated to this mission, check back periodically for program updates and highlights.

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to highlight some of the many people and places that have contributed to the Black experience in Missouri and the overall rich cultural heritage of our state. 

Click the images below to learn more about these iconic individuals.

2022

In 2020, we announced its second initiative to expand our African American Heritage partnerships and programmatic reach. We invited organizations in the state of Missouri to apply for funding assistance for African American Heritage programs that match our mission to increase our understanding of the African American experience in Missouri. We’re proud to have awarded 29 grants, up to $2,500 each, for projects and programs taking place in Missouri. 

Heart of the City Neighborhood Association

“Race and Recreation: The History of Yvonne Starks Wilson Park

Northside Community Housing

“The Story of Black St. Louis”

Poetry for Personal Power

“Living Legends: Sheros of the Millennium Literacy Exhibition”

Heart of the City Neighborhood Association

“Race and Recreation: The History of Yvonne Starks Wilson Park

Northside Community Housing

“The Story of Black St. Louis”

Poetry for Personal Power

“Living Legends: Sheros of the Millennium Literacy Exhibition”

A Red Circle

Celebration of Black Literacy

Webb City Farmers Market

Celebrating Black Heritage at the Market

Intercultural Music Initiative

“Sonic Safari for Schools”

City of KC Planning Department

African American Heritage Trail Oral History Project

Kirkwood Public Library

Exploring African American Heritage at Kirkwood Public Library

Dream Builders 4 Equity

Celebrating D84E Youth: Stories of African American Youth Growing Up in North St. Louis

Forward Through Ferguson

“St. Louis Justice System Timeline”

Springfield-Greene Country Library

“A Feast of Stories: with Gladys Caines Goggswell”

History Museum on the Square

African American Heritage Trunk Program

Bates County Museum

“From Statehood to Desegregation: The African American Experience in Bates County 1821-1955”

Drury University

Black History Summer Academy Community Day at Historic Museum on the Square

Street Patrol

“Invest in Yourself”

HEC-TV

“Oral Traditions in the African American Community”

Greater KC Black History Study Group

Greater Kansas City Black History Museum Tour

John William Boone Heritage Foundation

“Blind Boone’s Birthday Party”

St. Joseph Museum / Black Archives Museum

Civil Rights Tours of the Black Archives Museum

Turn the Page KC

Children’s Books Featuring African American Characters

American Jazz Museum

Jazz Storytelling

Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

African Americans in Ste. Genevieve

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

“Reflections of Community: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Morningstar Development Company

“Learning Enrichment in African American Resources Now”

Ujima Language and Literacy

Ujima Summer Literacy Camp

Jim’s Journey

“Black Girl Magic”

Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education

“Black Lives Matter at School”

Missouri Folklore Society

African American Storytelling

The Ville Community Development Foundation

Reflections of Black History

Does your organization provide programming that aligns with our Black History Program? If so, we want to hear from you! 

Email Caitlin Yager at caitlin@mohumanities.org

To view MO Humanities Calendar Events, including Black History Events, visit our calendar.