TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum

TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum The Kansas African American Museum endeavors to make the African American experience relevant and resonant to every Kansan. From an annual MLK Celebration to A Tribute to Trailblazers, we offer something for everyone.
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Once a month we host a program for seniors called “Senior Wednesday.” The program is typically tied to current exhibits. These days, designed for active seniors in our community, and are a great way to involve them in our history programming. There are great opportunities to volunteer at TKAAM, from a few hours a week to special events. We welcome your enthusiasm. "Soar Saturdays” provides fun and educational opportunities for the entire family, on the first through the fourth Saturday of each month.

Mission: To make the African American experience relevant and resonant to EVERY Kansan.

Operating as usual

01/08/2021

MLK 2021 “A Champion for Change” buttons are now available at the Kansas African American Museum Gift Shop!

Save the Date! Next Friday we will host a special conversation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We’ll be joined b...
01/08/2021

Save the Date! Next Friday we will host a special conversation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We’ll be joined by Joseph and Danielle of the culture-shifting podcast, Discomfort & Grace. We’ll see you online at 12:00pm!

The Kansas African American Museum honors the life of Mr. Lafayette Norwood. Norwood played in a segregated era but shat...
01/07/2021

The Kansas African American Museum honors the life of Mr. Lafayette Norwood. Norwood played in a segregated era but shattered barriers and opened doors for the players he would later coach. He was a mentor, coach and inspiration for athletes throughout the state of Kansas, becoming the first African American Head Basketball Coach for USD 259 at Heights High School in 1976. He went on to become assistant coach for Ted Owens at KU from 1978-1981. For his work, Coach Norwood became a member of the Kansas High School Coaches Hall of Fame and Southwestern College Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014, The Kansas African American Museum honored Coach Norwood as a Sports Trailblazer and inducted him into the Trailblazer’s Hall of Fame.

01/01/2021
Kwanzaa Day 7

Faith or Imani: To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

12/31/2020
Kwanzaa Day 6

Day Six: Creativity or Kuumba: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

12/30/2020
Kwanzaa Day 4

Join in as Dr. Lona shares the traditions of Day 4 of Kwanzaa

12/28/2020
Kwanzaa Day 3

Join us as Dr. Lona shares information on the history and traditions of Kwanzaa!

Join us over the next week as Dr. Lona takes us through the history of Kwanzaa and it's traditions for celebrating Afric...
12/26/2020

Join us over the next week as Dr. Lona takes us through the history of Kwanzaa and it's traditions for celebrating African American culture.

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from Decemb...
12/26/2020

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day.[1] It was created by Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966. The first principle of Kwanzaa is Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Happy Holidays from TKAAM!!! We hope you enjoy the season!
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays from TKAAM!!! We hope you enjoy the season!

12/16/2020

Celebrate the season with TKAAM! Join us today at 1:30pm LIVE as we breakdown the rich history and customs of Kwanzaa!

In Memory of Judge Greg Waller The Kansas African American Museum honors the life of Trailblazer Judge Greg Waller. He w...
12/05/2020

In Memory of Judge Greg Waller

The Kansas African American Museum honors the life of Trailblazer Judge Greg Waller. He was born in Hutchinson, Ks in 1948 and moved to Wichita in 1973 to practice law. Judge Waller became a Sedgwick County Judge in April 1993 and served for over 20 years, being one of the first judges to deal with gang violence and presided over the infamous BTK serial killer trial.

In 2000, Judge Waller was honored in the first class of TKAAM Trailblazers, as he lead the way for people of color in the Sedgwick County justice system. He believed the most important thing a judge can do “is assure that those that come into court receive a fair trial.” Today we honor Judge Waller’s life, he will be greatly missed.

12/01/2020

The Kansas African American Museum hosts a number of initiatives throughout the year. Whether it’s art, unique Kansas history, showcasing artifacts, providing educational and cultural training and events, or recognizing African American leaders in the community, we are culture. Support our museum today at tkaamusem.org/givingtuesday #givingtuesday

12/01/2020

With your support we can continue our efforts to preserve and share the history of Kansas. Thanks Joseph! tkaamuseum.org/givingtuesday

12/01/2020

What’s your reason for giving? We encourage you to choose The Kansas African American Museum today and donate or volunteer your time to support our mission. #givingtuesday tkaamuseum.org/givingtuesday tkaamuseum.org/givingtuesday

12/01/2020

Today is a great day to join the world in supporting organizations that are making a difference. Here at TKAAM we want African American history to be all of our history. Thank you Andy!! 🙏🙏 tkaamuseum.org/givingtuesday

Today is the day! Join in on the global generosity movement and support the work of the Kansas African American Museum! ...
12/01/2020

Today is the day! Join in on the global generosity movement and support the work of the Kansas African American Museum! tkaamuseum.org/givingtuesday

TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum's cover photo
12/01/2020

TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum's cover photo

Spend your holiday with TKAAM!
11/25/2020

Spend your holiday with TKAAM!

Save the Date! Giving Tuesday is December 1st, and you can support the mission of TKAAM . Stay tuned for more informatio...
11/25/2020

Save the Date! Giving Tuesday is December 1st, and you can support the mission of TKAAM . Stay tuned for more information on how to participate!

As we continue celebrating Trailblazers Hall of Fame this month we want to highlight our print sponsor for this year’s e...
11/23/2020

As we continue celebrating Trailblazers Hall of Fame this month we want to highlight our print sponsor for this year’s event. Thank you Capitol Federal!

We want to shine a spotlight on this year’s honoree sponsor, Evergy! Thank you for your support of our Trailblazers even...
11/17/2020

We want to shine a spotlight on this year’s honoree sponsor, Evergy! Thank you for your support of our Trailblazers event.

Our Trailblazers event wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors! We want to start by shining a spotlight...
11/17/2020

Our Trailblazers event wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors! We want to start by shining a spotlight on COX our presenting sponsor!

We had an AMAZING Trailblazer weekend and TKAAM wants to extend a huge thanks to all who watched, shared and supported o...
11/17/2020

We had an AMAZING Trailblazer weekend and TKAAM wants to extend a huge thanks to all who watched, shared and supported our Trailblazers event! If you missed the broadcast this weekend, you can still watch all of the moments!

11/14/2020

Today is the big day! It’s also not too late to have your own piece of the celebration with our Hall of Fame Party pack! Our Executive Director and Board President took a trip to Jenny Dawn Cellars to preview the Hall of Fame package. Check it out!
Order your pack at tkaamuseum.org/trailblazers2020

11/14/2020

Thank you to our 2020 A Tribute to Trailblazers Hall of Fame Sponsors! ONLY ONE DAY LEFT!! This year’s Trailblazers celebration is almost here! If you’re tuning in on TV, make sure you’ve got your channel of choice ready! Share this post and get excited for Saturday!!! #TBHOF #Trailblazers #weareculture

1 Day until Trailblazers! You’re going to love this celebration of excellence. Remember that although you may be watchin...
11/13/2020

1 Day until Trailblazers! You’re going to love this celebration of excellence. Remember that although you may be watching from home, you can still participate!! Become a We Are Culture Sponsor and get 2 “we are culture”masks!

The excitement is building! Make sure you tune in on Saturday!
11/12/2020

The excitement is building! Make sure you tune in on Saturday!

#ShockersInTheNews Hello, Shockers! Today we salute Wichita State alumni Carla Eckels ’84, pictured at left, and Junetta Everett ’79, who will be honored Saturday as part of The Kansas African American Museum’s 2020 class of Trailblazers. For more than a decade, the museum has recognized those who are leaders, pacesetters and pioneers in their respective fields. Eckels serves as director of cultural diversity for KMUW 89.1, Wichita’s National Public Radio station owned by Wichita State. Everett is vice president of professional relations for Delta Dental of Kansas. This Shocker trailblazing pair joins the late Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel, ABC News Washington, D.C. bureau chief Sam Ford and University of Kansas School of Medicine assistant professor Dr. Sharla Smith as honorees. Congratulations, Carla Eckels and Junetta Everett! #ShockerAlumni #Trailblazers

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT!! This year’s Trailblazers celebration is almost here!  If you’re tuning in on TV, make sure you’ve g...
11/12/2020

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT!! This year’s Trailblazers celebration is almost here! If you’re tuning in on TV, make sure you’ve got your channel of choice ready! Share this post and get excited for Saturday!!! #TBHOF #Trailblazers #weareculture

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601 N Water St
Wichita, KS
67203

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Arts, Culture, History

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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(316) 262-7651

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TKAAM presented "Say My Name-Exploration of African American Identity" virtual discussion last Thursday evening. If you did not get a chance to join us, you can watch the full segment on our website at www.tkaamuseum.org. Be sure to view the Prairie Rose film, which provides an artisitic exploration of our African American identity! Also availble on our website! Much praise to Micah Ariel Watson for your visionary film that showcases the beauty of our African American story! Thank you panelists Joseph Shepard, Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Terry Atwater, Marquetta Atkins, and Paris Cunningham! Your insights, perspectives and experiences encourages us to expand our own identities as it relates to personal, professional and community. Special thanks to Humanities Kansas for supporting our vision to share perspectives that address current social and political events, historical attitudes and injustices related to identity, power and privilege, as well as insensitivities and unfair judgements. And much appreciation to the staff at TKAAM, Brooke Burrough, Paris Cunningham and Dr. Lona Reeves for making this project possible! We Are Culture! d.
Our family truly enjoyed supporting #JuneteenthICT with TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum! From the warm hospitality extended by the Executive Director to Miss Brooke sharing her in-depth knowledge on the Buffalo Soldiers pieces and the Shades of Strength & Beauty exhibit, our visit was great! Please see today's erudite presentation by Dr. Lona L. Reeves on "The Culture of Juneteenth" - magnificent! We will bring the kiddos back again and again! Thanks so much, Brooke! #DevaSTatingDivas #APhiOhSix
The B-29 Museum in Pratt Kansas created a really fine video celebrating Black History Month. There's quite a history in Kansas on how African Americans supported WW II. (Be sure to un-mute the audio to enjoy the music!) https://www.facebook.com/b29museum/videos/158852885552535/
I'm looking for info on the 2020 MLK parade please. I understand it's on 1/18 in the morning. Any info appreciated. (Sorry if I'm posting this question in the wrong place!)
https://www.genesis1v3photography.com/p657202540/ecf9af90c TKAAM on the HistoryTrails. :-) 😍
Absolutely outstanding museum! You will learn about dozens of blacks that gained national and international recognition that were from Kansas. The building is also worth seeing, as it has been lovingly restored, having many of the original fixtures and church windows. One treat for me was a piano that was once played by Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles. They also have one of the best African art collections I've seen, and the artifacts are displayed well. Best close parking is the Sedgwick County parking garage right across the street, but I found 2 hour parking just 2 blocks away.
I have tried to find this museum for some time now, just to find out it's literally behind the county jail. I wonder what's the attendance is like here... I won't be visiting...
16-Feb-2019 @ TKAAM
The new governor of Kansas Laura Kelly will speak at the MLK event sponsored by the Kansas African American Museum on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Buttons are $5 to support the events of this commemorative weekend and are available from the Museum and its board members.
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