UG Black History Committee to Host 32nd Annual Scholarship Celebration

Published on February 15, 2024

BHC Square Event Flyer 2024

Kansas City, KS – In commemoration of Black History Month, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Black History Committee (BHC) is excited to host the 32nd Annual Black History and Scholarship Celebration this Saturday, February 17, 2024. This annual scholarship event will be held at Memorial Hall (600 N. 7th Street, KCK) from 11AM to 2PM.

This year’s theme will mirror the 2024 National Black History theme focusing on the impactful contributions of African Americans and the Arts, which encompasses celebrating visual and performing arts, music, and vocal expression as a means of empowerment through understanding and celebrating our pasts in order to enrich the state of our future. 

This year’s guests will enjoy networking with community leaders and honorees, local entertainment, a catered brunch and dynamic keynote address by best-selling author and Assistant City Manager for the City of Cincinnati, Dr. Natasha Hampton.

“The Unified Government Black History Committee is immensely excited to bring the public and local government together to celebrate Black History Month, provide local scholarships to long-standing educational institutions and students, honor local businesses, and bring awareness of our annual event,” said BHC Chair Deasiray Bush. “We look forward to the continued partnerships of community stakeholders. This is an event you don’t want to miss.  It’s an honor to continue this tradition to empower the community and provide scholarships to local students.”

During this year’s event, the BHC will deliver scholarships to students attending Kansas City, Kansas Community College, Donnelly College and High School Seniors with the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District – USD #500.

In addition to scholarships at this Saturday’s event, the BHC will also present the following awards to deserving community members:

  • The Community Business Award;
  • Legendary Icon Award;
  • Community Beautification Award; and,
  • The High Heel Trailblazer Award.

This year, the Black History Committee is also hosting an online auction to raise funds for additional scholarships for students. Community members and guests are encouraged to review the listed items and place bids before the auction close out date on Saturday.

Black History Committee Silent Auction 2024 by Unified Government Black History Committee | BetterWorld

Secure Your Tickets Today

The public is invited to attend by purchasing an individual ticket or table. The individual ticket, which includes appetizers, buffet brunch and drink tickets are $110.00. Table sponsored tickets are still available and include a reserved table for eight guests will guarantee individuals or organization a table of eight people and program recognition.

Local organizations are invited to purchase a vendor booth for $50 to set-up in the lobby area of Memorial Hall during the event. Vending spots are limited so organizations are encouraged to act now.

Donations to the scholarship fund are also welcome. To purchase a ticket, sponsor a table, make a donation, or purchase a vendor booth, please visit today.

BHC 2024 Event Flyer

About the Black History Committee

Launched in 1982, the Unified Government Black History Committee is an employee-led, all-volunteer committee dedicated to hosting programming for Black History Month in Wyandotte County every year. In addition to raising thousands of dollars in scholarships for local students, the Committee has highlighted community efforts and entrepreneurship by black leaders from across the county.

For more information regarding the UG Black History Committee and the upcoming celebration and scholarship banquet, please visit our website at