32nd Annual Black History & Scholarship Celebration

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32nd Annual Black History and Scholarship Celebration 

Join us for a memorable event celebrating African Americans and the Arts in the Black community. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Feb 17, 2024 at Memorial Hall (600 N. 7th Street) in downtown KCK from 11AM to 2PM. This year's in-person social hour and program will take place during the brunch timeframe to allow attendees the opportunity to enjoy the rest of their day.

The celebration will focus on cultural pride, and the influence and impact of African Americans and the arts being presented by special keynote speaker, Dr. Natasha Hampton

Donations and proceeds from this event will go towards scholarships for Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas students. 

Ticket Prices: (Advance Tickets are Required for Entry) 

  • Individual Ticket - $110.00 (Includes full brunch buffet and signature event drinks) 
  • Table Sponsorship Tickets - $880.00 (Includes 8 seats per table, table signage, and event slides and program acknowledgements) 
  • Vendor Booth - $50.00 Per Table (Includes one 8 ft. table setup in the main lobby area of Memorial Hall)

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This year we will be having an online silent auction that is currently opened and will close during the BHC event. Check out the auction link below to bid on some great items. 

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You will not want to miss this great event! Last year's event was a sold-out event.  

Event Theme: "African Americans and the arts"

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Learn More About This Year's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Natasha Hampton

Dr. Natasha Hampton Photo Jan 2024 With more than two decades of executive leadership, Natasha Hampton started her illustrious public service career in 1997. She has served as Acting City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Chief Marketing Officer, and Director of Human Resources to name a few, in the states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio with oversight of more than $3B in general, enterprise and capital funds to date.

Recognized as one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders, South Florida’s 25 Most Prominent and Influential Women in Business, featured in the international publication Caribbean Today for making a lasting Impression on U.S. Business Landscape, a March of Dimes Woman of Distinction and League of Women in Government Trailblazer finalist, Natasha brings innovation and transformative management to urban governance.

She is a Toastmasters award-winning international public speaker having addressed audiences in Qingdao, and Beijing, China, Polokwane, South Africa, Kenya, East Africa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Canada, North America. Ms. Hampton is a University Professor of Business Management, Leadership Development, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior.

Ms. Hampton was conferred the degree of Doctorate in Business and Leadership (honoris causa), and holds a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration and is an International City County Manager Association Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM).

Natasha is also a two-time best-selling author and is the recipient of several prestigious honors and recognitions for her commitment to youth, communities, diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Today she personifies what it means to ascend above adversity while inspiring countless others to do the same. Having honed her expertise for over two decades, her work is a testament to what it means to leave an undeniable mark on the world.



Scholarship Awards

Each year the BHC awards scholarships to local deserving college students that display hard work and determination.    

2024 Legendary Award

This award will be given to an individual that demonstrates service and making a positive impact in the community. The winner will be announced at the 2/17/24 celebration. 

2024 Community Business Award

We will honor a black-owned business that provides superior service and makes a positive impact in the Kansas City Community. The winner will be announced at the 2/17/24 celebration.

This event is brought to you by the Unified Government Black History Committee.


  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Individual & Table Sponsorship Tickets Available

Memorial Hall, 600 N 7th St Trfy., 66101, View Map

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