The Kansas African American Museum

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A new exhibit opens at The Kansas African American Museum on Friday called "The Fire Next Time: The Legacy of the Kerner Report."

The Kerner Commission Report was released in 1968 after racial violence and rioting in urban areas across the country.

President Lyndon Johnson impaneled a special commission, named after Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, to see why these riots were happening and how to prevent them from happening again.

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The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) is hosting an exhibit on former President Barack Obama and his Kansas ties. Mark McCormick, executive director of TKAAM, says the exhibit was completely community driven. The exhibit's run has been extended until May 27. 

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Children of incarcerated parents will benefit from a community service project that was begun to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, rescheduled from January, is one of two MLK programs offered Saturday by The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita.

Volunteers will sort through the donations at the museum beginning at 11 a.m. Museum education director Christyn Gunter says they are requesting various items, including school supplies.

African-American History Trail To Be Designated In Kansas

Jul 20, 2016
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Wichita’s Kansas African American Museum has received a grant to establish a trail linking ten sites that have important roles in African American history in the state.

The Kansas African-American History Trail will include the town of Nicodemus, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, the Langston Hughes Center in Lawrence, and the Negro League Baseball Museum. The funds, totaling nearly $135,000, were awarded by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services in Washington, D.C.

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The Kansas African American Museum in downtown Wichita is partnering with churches and other organizations this weekend to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King has been quoted as saying, "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Museum education director Christyn Breathett says they will answer that question by offering an opportunity for Wichitans to serve.

New Exhibit Details Events of 'Freedom Summer'

Jun 25, 2014
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The Kansas African American Museum opened a new show this past weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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It’s reported that less than half of the 2.5-million African American soldiers who registered for the armed forces at the beginning of World War II were called to serve. Those who were enlisted found that as they served their country abroad, they still faced less than a democratic reception at home.

The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers of its time, received a humble, patriotic, but assertive letter to the editor in 1942. It was penned by 26 year-old African American James G. Thompson of Wichita.

Art: Museums In The Summer

Jul 10, 2013
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I love museums in the summer. What’s better than the beautifully cool environment of a museum when you need a break from the intense heat of the day?

Art: Touring Wichita

Nov 14, 2012
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As family comes into town for the Thanksgiving holiday, show them the creative side of Wichita. Many of the city’s museums will keep normal business hours next week-- except for the holiday itself-- which gives Wichitans a chance to show off their city.

Art Review: Gordon Parks Exhibitions

Sep 5, 2012
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The art world tends to lull during the summer. But around this time, as (hopefully) cooler temperatures approach, that lull grows into quiet anticipation as the museums, galleries, and other art institutions begin to turn up the heat with heavy-hitting fall exhibitions.

As Wichita enters into the fall season, there are some changes to the local art scene. Regrettably, some key contemporary art galleries have lost their spaces, most notably Tangent Lab and NakedCity Gallery.