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.

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
Sept. 12, 19 & Oct. 3, 2020

Northside Community Housing

“The Story of Black St. Louis”
History Tour: February 22, 2020

Poetry for Personal Power

“Living Legends: Sheros of the Millennium Literacy Exhibition”
February 2 & 16, 2020

Heart of the City Neighborhood Association

“Race and Recreation: The History of Yvonne Starks Wilson Park
Sept. 12, 19 & Oct. 3, 2020

Northside Community Housing

“The Story of Black St. Louis”
History Tour: February 22, 2020

Poetry for Personal Power

“Living Legends: Sheros of the Millennium Literacy Exhibition”
February 2 & 16, 2020

A Red Circle

Celebration of Black Literacy
February 20, 2020

Webb City Farmers Market

Celebrating Black Heritage at the Market
Saturdays in February, 2020

Intercultural Music Initiative

“Sonic Safari for Schools”
Throughout April, 2020

City of KC Planning Department

African American Heritage Trail Oral History Project
Ongoing

Kirkwood Public Library

Exploring African American Heritage at Kirkwood Public Library
May – October, 2020

Dream Builders 4 Equity

Celebrating D84E Youth: Stories of African American Youth Growing Up in North St. Louis
June, October, and November, 2020

Forward Through Ferguson

“St. Louis Justice System Timeline”
May 20, 2020

Springfield-Greene Country Library

“A Feast of Stories: with Gladys Caines Goggswell”
February 28, 2020

History Museum on the Square

African American Heritage Trunk Program
Ongoing

Bates County Museum

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

Drury University

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

Street Patrol

“Invest in Yourself”
October 3, 2020

HEC-TV

“Oral Traditions in the African American Community”
October 20, 2020

Greater KC Black History Study Group

Greater Kansas City Black History Museum Tour
March 20, 2020

John William Boone Heritage Foundation

“Blind Boone’s Birthday Party”
May 16, 2020

St. Joseph Museum / Black Archives Museum

Civil Rights Tours of the Black Archives Museum
February 20, 2020

Turn the Page KC

Children’s Books Featuring African American Characters
February 6 & 13, 2020

American Jazz Museum

Jazz Storytelling
Ongoing

Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

African Americans in Ste. Genevieve
Ongoing

Galilee Missionary Baptist Church

“Reflections of Community: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”
February 20, 2020

Morningstar Development Company

“Learning Enrichment in African American Resources Now”
June – August, 2020

Ujima Language and Literacy

Ujima Summer Literacy Camp
July 6 – 31, 2020

Jim’s Journey

“Black Girl Magic”
February 1 – March 14, 2020

Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education

“Black Lives Matter at School”
February 6, 2020

Missouri Folklore Society

African American Storytelling
November 5, 2020

The Ville Community Development Foundation

Reflections of Black History
February 8, 2020

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