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Grand Opening: The Black Archives Of Mid-America

Black Archives of Mid-America

The ground has broken on the building of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in the same year that the Black Archives of Mid-America has reopened here in Kansas City.What remains now for both institutions is charting the course of those who break new ground in every field of human endeavor.

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, we speak with Dr. Deborah Mack, the Associate Director for Community and Constituent Services at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum for African American History & Culture. We'll discuss her work, as well ask ask about local history’s role in education, and the role she feels institutions such as the Black Archives should play on the local regional and national stage.

Where have you learned the most about African American History? Is there a museum, monument, historic sight or book that's touched you? Call in at 816-235-2888, or send a note to centralstandard@kcur.org.

Join a teacher workshop today at the Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace. Call Deborah Gillis at 816-221-1600 for more information.

As part of the Black Archives if Mid-America grand opening celebrations, Dr. Mack will be speaking this evening at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th Street at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Family Day at the Black Archives, Saturday 6/23 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace. Stop by for debate between Sumner and Lincoln High Schools, hands-on Activities, poetry, reenactments, tours, generation rap broadcasts and storytelling. The event is free and open to the public.