Black History Committee
What is the Black History Committee?
The Black History Committee (BHC) is a Committee comprised of Unified Government employees and community members who seek to educate and empower on cultural awareness and pride. Our Mission is to inspire, respect, and celebrate African Americans' lifelong achievements, history, and future in our community and in America.
Our goal is to break down community barriers by inviting everyone to join us in celebrating Black History Month with the local government. The yearly commemoration began in the United States in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson advocated that it be used to commemorate African Americans and improve awareness of Black history.
What We Do:
The Black History Committee (BHC) of the Unified Government is a volunteer committee that hosts an annual banquet to honor African-American achievements, provide educational scholarships to local educational institutions, award door prizes, feature keynote speakers, recognize minority-owned businesses in our community, and provide live entertainment for our guests' enjoyment.
The Black History Committee (BHC) has been in existence since 1982. The founders met with city administrators and the mayor to seek support for forming a committee that would represent the local government in organizing an annual event for Black History Month, awarding scholarships to local institutions, and highlighting local businesses in Wyandotte County. The committee has continued contributing back to the community for forty years by generating funds, creating awareness of community efforts, and collaborating with local educational institutions.
Current BHC Members:
Shaya Lockett, Chair
Deasiray Bush, Vice-Chair
Janice Barnett, Secretary
Gordon Criswell, Treasurer
How to be Involved:
The BHC would like to encourage UG employees to join the committee in the spring of 2022. The committee can consist of 15 members. We're searching for someone with fundraising expertise, community partner contacts, and the ability to participate in meetings, events, and lead subcommittees. We're seeking volunteers for a Fundraiser Sub-Committee.
Not interested in being a member of our committee? Don't worry, you may still help us by promoting upcoming events, donating to our scholarship fund, or providing support.
Donations will help local educational institutions in Wyandotte County pay for students' tuition, books, and fees.
We Accept Checks!
Make your check payable to KCK African American History Committee and mail to:
701 N. 7th Street Suite 421 Kansas City, KS 66101
Attention: Shaya Lockett
30th Annual Black History Celebration & Scholarship Event
2022 Theme: Black Health & Awareness
Join us for a dynamic and engaging community discussion with special guests:
Nicole Garner, Unified Government Public Health Department Operations Manager
Tykeisha Kelly, Special Education Social Worker
- When: Friday, February 25, 2022
- Time: 1:00 PM
- Where: Virtual Live Stream (Zoom & Facebook)
Click Here to Access the Event Video
Scholarships Awards: Donnelly College and Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC)
2022 Legendary Award: Morris Letcher
Community Business Award: Anna's BLD Bistro
We look forward to engaging with you!
Community Health & Awareness Resources
Past Event and Community Engagement Photos