Black History Committee

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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 Purpose:

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.

Committee Background:

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
Jaron Briggs Tina George
Reginald Lindsey Sherry Love
Krystal McFeders Brandy Wells
Tyszu Woolridge

 

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.

Donate Now

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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

Past Events

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

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We look forward to engaging with you!

Community Health & Awareness Resources

Listed below are a few community health and awareness resources provided by 2/25/22 event speakers Nicole Garner and TyKeisha Kelly.  

Source: Center for Disease Control (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/health-equity/race-ethnicity.html

Source: Association of Black Cardiologists 
https://abcardio.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ABC-COVID-19-Myths-and-Misconceptions.pdf

Source: Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City (wycokck.org)

Health & Awareness Resources (English & Spanish)(PDF, 2MB)

Past Event and Community Engagement Photos

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