Black History Month 2022

Black History Month 2022


Kemper Museum celebrates Black History Month and continues thoughtful and sustained exhibitions programming engaging Black artists and Black history throughout the year. Below are a selection of opportunities to learn about Black history and celebrate Black voices all year long.



Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial Digital Exhibition Guide

FEB. 16, VIRTUAL PROGRAM | Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial Talk & Tour: Perspectives with Michael Sims, Lawrence Lithography Workshop
A casual talk and tour of the exhibition with Michael Sims, master printer and founder of Lawrence Lithography Workshop, which will include discussion of the work 

Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial Virtual Talk and Tour: Perspectives with Bentley Brown
Watch a recording of curator, artist, and educator Bentley Brown's tour and conversation focused on the work of Frederick James Brown.

Kansas City, MO African American Heritage Trail

Explore this local history guide virtually through the website or on foot with downloadable neighborhood guides. 

Kemper Museum Uses Contemporary Art to Connect Two Centuries Of Missouri’s History | El Museo Kemper Utiliza El Arte Contemporáneo Para Conectar Dos Siglos De Historia Del Estado De Missouri

KCUR's Laura Spencer interviews the organizers of Contemporary Art and the Missouri Bicentennial.

Redlined: Cities, Suburbs, and Segregation

A special exhibition at the Johnson County Museum that takes visitors on a deep dive into the history of redlining and how it both shaped and was shaped by Johnson County and the region. 

Black Artists On View highlights on Kemper Museum's Instagram
All month long, we're highlighting the works by Black artists on view this month at Kemper Museum. Follow along to learn more about these important artists and their work. 

2021 Kemper Museum Black History Resources
Check out more information and resources from last year. 



American Jazz Museum

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, and programs.

Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City

The Black Archives of Mid-America collects, preserves and makes available to the public materials documenting the social, economic, political and cultural histories of persons of African American descent in the central United States, with particular emphasis in the Kansas City, Missouri region. 


JuneteenthKC encourages people of all backgrounds- from Kansas City, across the country, and around the world- to learn about African American history and grow with JuneteenthKC.

Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum

Quindaro, Kansas was established in 1856 on the south bank of the Missouri River by abolitionists who purchased the land from the Wyandotte American Indian’s federal registrar. It was developed as a Free State port of entry into Kansas Territory, and was the home of the earliest historically Black college west of the Mississippi River and Douglass Hospital, a medical facility and training site for aspiring African American doctors and nurses. Housed in the historic Vernon Multi-Purpose Center, the museum houses archeological ruins of the Underground Railroad that serve as a monument to racial harmony and to freedom as well as artifacts and documents that tell the story of the town and people of Quindaro.


Image credit:  Frederick James Brown, (American, 1945–2012), They Had the Right to Sing the Blues, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 148½ inches. Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Anonymous Gift, 2002.20.01. © Frederick J. Brown Trust / Artist's Rights Society (ARS), New York.