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

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

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TKAAM admission is free every first Saturday for Bank of America Cardholders! Today is a great day to plan your visit to...
06/05/2021

TKAAM admission is free every first Saturday for Bank of America Cardholders! Today is a great day to plan your visit to see our latest exhibit, Portrait of a Man. We’re open today from 12:00pm-4:00pm!

TKAAM admission is free every first Saturday for Bank of America Cardholders! Today is a great day to plan your visit to see our latest exhibit, Portrait of a Man. We’re open today from 12:00pm-4:00pm!

06/03/2021

SEE YOU AT NOON!

Today we sit down with Wilma Moore-Black, CEO of WMB Creative Productions. Then, David Parks, director/writer/filmmaker and son of the legendary Gordon Parks, joins us to discuss the pivotal role of African American's in film and upcoming projects!

New Exhibit alert!! We have exciting new exhibitions for you and yours to experience this summer!“Portrait of a Man” is ...
06/02/2021

New Exhibit alert!!

We have exciting new exhibitions for you and yours to experience this summer!

“Portrait of a Man” is an exhibition using portraiture and artworks to celebrate the depth of character of influential African American men in Kansas and beyond. This exhibition will run now through September 4th. You’ll want to see this more than once!

We’ve partnered with the Advanced Learning Library for a special exhibit on Wichita’s diverse history of baseball. Entitled “Time a Bat” this exhibit chronicles the sportsmanship, trials, and triumphs of Negro Baseball players in Wichita from the late 1800s to the 1950s. Come see it now through July 3rd.

05/21/2021

Stop by to see our current exhibition, Through Our Eyes: Perspective of African American Life in the 20th Century before it ends May 22! Something the entire family will enjoy! #blackmuseumsmatter #weareculture #TKAAM

05/20/2021

See you soon! You want to be sure to join in on our conversation today on Strategies for Maintaining Good Mental Health with our special guest, Dr. Michelle Vann of Vanntastic Solutions. This is one you don’t want to miss!! #tkaamthursday

Commerce Bank has launched What Matters Most, a community-based, commissioned art project and online exhibition. In its ...
05/07/2021

Commerce Bank has launched What Matters Most, a community-based, commissioned art project and online exhibition. In its inaugural year, What Matters Most sought to inspire joy and creativity following a year marked with extraordinary changes, challenges, and uncertainties for many. Commerce worked with The Kansas African American Museum and seven other organizations to commission illustrators to promote new and uplifting artwork.

Paris Cunningham, TKAAM Curator and resident of Wichita, was selected as one of the artists to create artwork for the program.

Cunningham’s piece features an image of her bumping elbows with her mother. “I recreated a moment we shared while hunting for toilet paper at a local grocery store,” she says. It’s a moment of levity, but also a reminder of the impact of the pandemic. “Before COVID, we took for granted how important physical touch is. That interaction is so meaningful, and it’s really influencing my thinking these days.”

Paris joined The Kansas African American Museum in 2019 and has helped tell compelling stories about the African American experience, some including her original artwork. TKAAM proudly congratulates her on this opportunity to use her art to uplift the community.

View the online exhibit at http://www.whatmattersmostart.com/

Commerce Bank has launched What Matters Most, a community-based, commissioned art project and online exhibition. In its inaugural year, What Matters Most sought to inspire joy and creativity following a year marked with extraordinary changes, challenges, and uncertainties for many. Commerce worked with The Kansas African American Museum and seven other organizations to commission illustrators to promote new and uplifting artwork.

Paris Cunningham, TKAAM Curator and resident of Wichita, was selected as one of the artists to create artwork for the program.

Cunningham’s piece features an image of her bumping elbows with her mother. “I recreated a moment we shared while hunting for toilet paper at a local grocery store,” she says. It’s a moment of levity, but also a reminder of the impact of the pandemic. “Before COVID, we took for granted how important physical touch is. That interaction is so meaningful, and it’s really influencing my thinking these days.”

Paris joined The Kansas African American Museum in 2019 and has helped tell compelling stories about the African American experience, some including her original artwork. TKAAM proudly congratulates her on this opportunity to use her art to uplift the community.

View the online exhibit at http://www.whatmattersmostart.com/

05/06/2021
In Celebration of Culture with Holy Savior Catholic Academy (HSCA) Students

This TKAAM Thursday highlights African American Culture through poetry and youth appreciation of culture and mothers. The students of HSCA will share poetry from the first African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks and other poets such as Marcus Garvey, Margaret Burroughs, Francis Ellen Watson Harper and Kansas’ own Langston Hughes.

05/06/2021

See you in a hour!! Join us for TKAAM Thursday where we’ll highlight our Adinkrahene partnership with Holy Savior Catholic Academy and hear youth read powerful poems. You don’t want to miss this!

The “Through Our Eyes Exhibition” has been EXTENDED through May 22! Plan your visit and come experience compelling artwo...
04/23/2021

The “Through Our Eyes Exhibition” has been EXTENDED through May 22! Plan your visit and come experience compelling artwork showcasing perspectives of African American life in the 20th century.

04/15/2021

We’re less than one hour away from The Glory of Ghana Part 2 for TKAAM THURSDAY! Join us and invite a friend to spend lunch with TKAAM! We’ll be live on Facebook & YouTube!

The Kansas African American Museum extends a very special thank you to all who joined us either in person or online as w...
04/03/2021

The Kansas African American Museum extends a very special thank you to all who joined us either in person or online as we honored the rich legacy of Hattie McDaniel with the installation of a historical marker at her birthplace on March 31, 2021. Please enjoy the highly-requested poem “Black Not Accepted” written by Kevin John Goff, the Grand-nephew of Hattie McDaniel, written for this special event. ————————————————————
Black Not Accepted
By Kevin John Goff

Composed on March 31, 2021 @ 3:25am (in Nashville, TN)

Hattie often summoned a smile even though she knew those words... black not accepted.
She often cried in solitude.
She sacrificed too.
She bit the bullet, charged the lion’s den, and knew it was sink or swim.
Why?
Black not accepted.

Accolades on top of accolades.
So many but never the amount she was due.
Like so many beautiful, black women...
She had to multitask just to keep from the drowning pool.
That McDaniel pride and work ethic beamed for all to see.
Yet black not accepted.

I often think of the varying degrees of land mines, quicksand, and labels she fought to outmaneuver.
I can hear the slicing words of betrayal of the word “n*gg*r.
Yet again, black not accepted.

They told her you can’t be buried in Hollywood among your peers.
Black not accepted.
They wanted her extracted from the land she bought with her “own” checkbook.
Black not accepted.
They denied her presence at the Atlanta premiere.
And even though they later gave her the award of gold...
Black not accepted.

She paid her taxes.
She entertained the troops of WWII.
She mentored and groomed the next generation.
Guess what?
Black not accepted.

But Wichita accepts her.
All of you here today accept her.
You understand.
You try to hold back the tears.
For you were born into that “everyday kind of pain“ that Hattie knew all too well.
So, you accept her.

And for your compassion Hattie is beyond grateful.
To be loved, embraced, and memorialized.
Forever in your memory.
So rejoice!

Black... accepted.

The Kansas African American Museum extends a very special thank you to all who joined us either in person or online as we honored the rich legacy of Hattie McDaniel with the installation of a historical marker at her birthplace on March 31, 2021. Please enjoy the highly-requested poem “Black Not Accepted” written by Kevin John Goff, the Grand-nephew of Hattie McDaniel, written for this special event. ————————————————————
Black Not Accepted
By Kevin John Goff

Composed on March 31, 2021 @ 3:25am (in Nashville, TN)

Hattie often summoned a smile even though she knew those words... black not accepted.
She often cried in solitude.
She sacrificed too.
She bit the bullet, charged the lion’s den, and knew it was sink or swim.
Why?
Black not accepted.

Accolades on top of accolades.
So many but never the amount she was due.
Like so many beautiful, black women...
She had to multitask just to keep from the drowning pool.
That McDaniel pride and work ethic beamed for all to see.
Yet black not accepted.

I often think of the varying degrees of land mines, quicksand, and labels she fought to outmaneuver.
I can hear the slicing words of betrayal of the word “n*gg*r.
Yet again, black not accepted.

They told her you can’t be buried in Hollywood among your peers.
Black not accepted.
They wanted her extracted from the land she bought with her “own” checkbook.
Black not accepted.
They denied her presence at the Atlanta premiere.
And even though they later gave her the award of gold...
Black not accepted.

She paid her taxes.
She entertained the troops of WWII.
She mentored and groomed the next generation.
Guess what?
Black not accepted.

But Wichita accepts her.
All of you here today accept her.
You understand.
You try to hold back the tears.
For you were born into that “everyday kind of pain“ that Hattie knew all too well.
So, you accept her.

And for your compassion Hattie is beyond grateful.
To be loved, embraced, and memorialized.
Forever in your memory.
So rejoice!

Black... accepted.

03/31/2021

Hattie McDaniel Historical Marker Installation

03/29/2021

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Join us as we honor the legacy of Hattie McDaniel who was born right here in Wichita, Kansas. We will be installing a hi...
03/25/2021

Join us as we honor the legacy of Hattie McDaniel who was born right here in Wichita, Kansas. We will be installing a historical marker Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM. See our flyer below and our website for the address.

Join us as we honor the legacy of Hattie McDaniel who was born right here in Wichita, Kansas. We will be installing a historical marker Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM. See our flyer below and our website for the address.

We couldn’t have said it better!
03/18/2021

We couldn’t have said it better!

03/18/2021

Join us TODAY at 12:00PM for your mid day cultural break as we celebrate prominent African American women with ties to Kansas. What an awesome opportunity to learn and celebrate our great state! Invite a friend and join us! #tkaamthursday #welovekansas #welovewichita

03/05/2021

Bank of America cardholders! First Saturdays are for TKAAM! Come see our exhibit “Through our Eyes” and see the perspectives of African Americans in the 20th century including compelling stories of the experiences of women. See you Saturday!

03/04/2021

Join us now on FACEBOOK! TKAAM Thursday March 4th kicks off Women’s History Month with Dr. Chinyere Okafor, WSU Women’s Studies Department Chair as the special guest. She and Dr. Lona take a look at the historic documentary “Women,” completed by Carol Parks Hahn as a WSU grad student in 1973 and discuss the advances made since then. Take your mid-day Cultural Break with TKAAM Thursday and join Dr. Reeves with special guest Dr. Okafor, Thursday at noon.

03/01/2021

Countdown to TKAAM Thursday, your mid-day cultural break! Join us Thursday, March 4 at 12pm right here on FB!

Need weekend plans? Attend this special event right in the comfort of your home. CELEBRATION OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FU...
02/26/2021

Need weekend plans? Attend this special event right in the comfort of your home.

CELEBRATION OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF JAZZ AND ART
- FEBRUARY 27, 2021 @ 7:30PM-

TKAAM & Friends University have collaborated to bring a FREE virtual concert showcasing the journey of the Black creative community. Limited stream tickets will be available.

Visit www.tkaamuseum.org to get your tickets and visit www.friends.edu/jazzfest to learn more!

Thank you Newman University for hosting a evening at the The Kansas African American Museum. We loved speaking with the ...
02/25/2021

Thank you Newman University for hosting a evening at the The Kansas African American Museum. We loved speaking with the faculty, staff and students of the Newman community. #WeAreCulture

02/18/2021

Today is the Day! Join us for TKAAM Thursday where we will be taking an in-depth look at ‘Interior’ a painting my Samella Lewis. Set your reminders and invite a friend!! #2hourstogo

The Kansas African American Museum congratulates the 46th President, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harri...
01/20/2021

The Kansas African American Museum congratulates the 46th President, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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601 N Water St
Wichita, KS
67203

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Arts, Culture, History

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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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Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Tallgrass is thrilled to announce the addition of the Gordon Parks Outstanding Black Filmmaker Award, a new $5,000 cash prize to be presented for the first time at the 19th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival. This award is presented in partnership with David Parks, TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum, The Wichita Branch NAACP, WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Shocker Studios. Thank you Tallgrass Film Association!
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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