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.

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

Operating as usual

09/15/2021

Join TKAAM tomorrow at 12pm for TKAAM Thursday. Malaika Bell sits down with Dr. Lona Reeves to discuss the legacy of her grandfather, Chester I. Lewis. Tune in on FB, YouTube or LinkedIn.

09/15/2021

Malaika Bell, granddaughter of Chester I Lewis, takes a break with TKAAM's Education Director, Dr. Lona L. Reeves. They talk the legacy of Chester I. Lewis and the impact the freedom fighter continues to have today.

Join us in congratulating John Rolfe, member of TKAAM Board of Directors, on being named President and CEO of Wichita Re...
09/13/2021

Join us in congratulating John Rolfe, member of TKAAM Board of Directors, on being named President and CEO of Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce! We have full faith in Mr.Rolfe’s capabilities and skills leading the chamber forward.

Join us in congratulating John Rolfe, member of TKAAM Board of Directors, on being named President and CEO of Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce! We have full faith in Mr.Rolfe’s capabilities and skills leading the chamber forward.

Congratulations to Dr. Sharla Smith, member of TKKAM’s Board of Director’s.Dr. Sharla Smith was appointed by Kansas Gove...
09/10/2021
Appointments Project: Sharla Smith-United WE

Congratulations to Dr. Sharla Smith, member of TKKAM’s Board of Director’s.

Dr. Sharla Smith was appointed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to the REACH Healthcare Foundation Community Advisory Committee. Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Kansas City.

Dr. Smith earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Health Services and Systems Research from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Sharla Smith was appointed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to the REACH Healthcare Foundation Community Advisory Committee.

09/07/2021

Join us in wishing our Education & Community Outreach Director, Lona L. Reeves, PhD a happy birthday 🎉🎊!

Executive Director, Denise Sherman, will be on the Ceiling Breakers podcast this Thursday! Make sure you tune in to enga...
09/07/2021

Executive Director, Denise Sherman, will be on the Ceiling Breakers podcast this Thursday! Make sure you tune in to engage with our fearless leader.
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New episode drops Thursday! 💜🤍💚

Learn all about the "Know Your Worth Women's Leadership Conference" with Ceiling Breaker Alums Denise Sherman & Jill Miller.

Executive Director, Denise Sherman, will be on the Ceiling Breakers podcast this Thursday! Make sure you tune in to engage with our fearless leader.
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New episode drops Thursday! 💜🤍💚

Learn all about the "Know Your Worth Women's Leadership Conference" with Ceiling Breaker Alums Denise Sherman & Jill Miller.

08/31/2021

Take your mid-day cultural break with TKAAM Thursday. Dr. Lona Reeves has a candid conversation with Dr. Delia Shropshire, Holy Savior Catholic Academy President, to discuss how curriculum is infused with culture through Ubuntu Village School & the partnership with TKAAM's Adinkrahene: Journey to Greatness culture and self-awareness program. To register for Adinkrahene: Journey to Greatness visit www.TKAAMuseum.org

08/16/2021

Dr. Barbara James, founder of the Saving "We" organization, joins Dr. Lona Reeves, TKAAM Education and Outreach Director, to discuss the 6th Annual Maafa Commemoration March to Meet the Ancestors ceremony here in Wichita. #WeAreCulture #BlackMuseumsMatter #TKAAMThursday

08/13/2021

Help us wish our Curator, Paris Cunningham, a Happy Birthday!🎊🎉🎁

TKAAM invites you to join us this Thursday for your mid-day cultural break and learn more about the legacy of McAdams Pa...
08/04/2021

TKAAM invites you to join us this Thursday for your mid-day cultural break and learn more about the legacy of McAdams Park and the legendary Mr. Emerson McAdams! Once the only public park in Wichita for African Americans, McAdams Park now stands as the crown jewel of the Air Capitol City by providing diverse programming for all youth in Wichita! Emerson McAdams pioneered a new vision for the former McKinley Park and left his influence for others to continue the work! Cliff Normore and Larry Dennis retired Park Directors, who carried the torch forward and Corey Lyons, current McAdams Park Director and Reginald Davidson, Parks and Rec Dept. Superintendent will bring us up to date. Join us Tomorrow August 5th, at noon on our page and Youtube Channel!

TKAAM invites you to join us this Thursday for your mid-day cultural break and learn more about the legacy of McAdams Park and the legendary Mr. Emerson McAdams! Once the only public park in Wichita for African Americans, McAdams Park now stands as the crown jewel of the Air Capitol City by providing diverse programming for all youth in Wichita! Emerson McAdams pioneered a new vision for the former McKinley Park and left his influence for others to continue the work! Cliff Normore and Larry Dennis retired Park Directors, who carried the torch forward and Corey Lyons, current McAdams Park Director and Reginald Davidson, Parks and Rec Dept. Superintendent will bring us up to date. Join us Tomorrow August 5th, at noon on our page and Youtube Channel!

You can now experience the traveling exhibit: Time at Bat at both TKAAM and the Advanced Learning Library! Make sure you...
07/14/2021

You can now experience the traveling exhibit: Time at Bat at both TKAAM and the Advanced Learning Library! Make sure you plan your visit to see this rich part of Wichita History!
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Time at Bat: Negro League Baseball in Wichita details the broader backstory of Wichita Negro League Baseball, its players, business, and its progression into the end of the era from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The imprint Wichita baseball had on the Negro Baseball Leagues is undeniable. Wichita Negro League giants like T.J. Young, Andrew Cooper, Bob Thurman, the Wichita Monrovians Baseball Team and those that went on to play for teams like the Kansas City Monarchs, took part in creating an awe-inspiring culture that would later color all of American Baseball. Time at Bat is a free-standing exhibit at the Kansas African American Museum and features photos, newspaper articles and artifacts to give viewers a realistic perspective of the immediate impact that Negro Leagues in Wichita had in Wichita and on Major League Baseball.

You can now experience the traveling exhibit: Time at Bat at both TKAAM and the Advanced Learning Library! Make sure you plan your visit to see this rich part of Wichita History!
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Time at Bat: Negro League Baseball in Wichita details the broader backstory of Wichita Negro League Baseball, its players, business, and its progression into the end of the era from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The imprint Wichita baseball had on the Negro Baseball Leagues is undeniable. Wichita Negro League giants like T.J. Young, Andrew Cooper, Bob Thurman, the Wichita Monrovians Baseball Team and those that went on to play for teams like the Kansas City Monarchs, took part in creating an awe-inspiring culture that would later color all of American Baseball. Time at Bat is a free-standing exhibit at the Kansas African American Museum and features photos, newspaper articles and artifacts to give viewers a realistic perspective of the immediate impact that Negro Leagues in Wichita had in Wichita and on Major League Baseball.

Have you made summer plans to visit The Kansas African American Museum? We have two exciting exhibits you want to be sur...
07/01/2021

Have you made summer plans to visit The Kansas African American Museum? We have two exciting exhibits you want to be sure to experience! To learn more about our current exhibitions, visit the link in our bio or watch our latest TKAAM Thursday where they’re featured. Check out this cool first hand experience from a recent visit! Thanks Linda!

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Repost from @linda_asunflowerlife

One of the more enlightening stops on my Wichita #AttractionsTour was @tkaam1 The Kansas African American Museum. I’d never heard of this place until I saw it listed on the @visitwichita website! Located in the former Calvary Baptist Church in what was a vibrant black community in Wichita, the museum tells the story of African Americans both from the city and state in a way that is meaningful to everyone.
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Currently, there is a wonderful exhibit called A Portrait of a Man. The displays highlight influential African American men in Kansas, both past and present, as a way to illustrate the complex characteristics of this group who are often seen as one-dimensional.
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As a KU Jayhawk basketball fan, I was drawn to the display about John McLendon, Jr. He learned the game from James Naismith while attending the university, but couldn’t play on the then-segregated team. Eventually, he went on to become the first black basketball coach at a predominantly white university (Cleveland State) and to coach in the pros.
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Being a former preschool teacher, I also fell in love with a lithograph titled “Boys” by Elizabeth Catlett.
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Give yourself plenty of time to explore and learn when you visit TKAAM. It will expand your knowledge and touch your heart.
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#VisitWichita
#heartofthecountry
#ilovewichita

07/01/2021

Today is the Day! Join us as at 12 Noon as Dr. Lona and Paris Cunningham dive deeper into our exhibitions on display right now at the museum.

Time at Bat:
The imprint Wichita baseball had on the Negro Baseball League is undeniable. Learn more about the display today!

Portrait of Man, our featured exhibit, showcases portraits and artwork celebrating the influence of African American Men. Make sure you join today’s conversation and plan your visit!

TKAAM is at JuneteenthICT. Ms. Lynette Woodard stopped by. Come see us before 2 pm or stop by The Museum before 4 pm and...
06/19/2021

TKAAM is at JuneteenthICT. Ms. Lynette Woodard stopped by. Come see us before 2 pm or stop by The Museum before 4 pm and see "Portrait of a Man" Father's Day Weekend.

TKAAM is at JuneteenthICT. Ms. Lynette Woodard stopped by. Come see us before 2 pm or stop by The Museum before 4 pm and see "Portrait of a Man" Father's Day Weekend.

TKAAM celebrates the bill signing to make Juneteenth a national holiday by President Joe Biden! This holiday is reflecti...
06/18/2021

TKAAM celebrates the bill signing to make Juneteenth a national holiday by President Joe Biden! This holiday is reflective of the progress made and still yet to come!

TKAAM celebrates the bill signing to make Juneteenth a national holiday by President Joe Biden! This holiday is reflective of the progress made and still yet to come!

06/17/2021
The Wichita Monrovians, Colored Western League

Dr. Lona Reeves and guest, Dr. John Dreifort, History Professor at Wichita State University and Baseball expert take a deeper look at African American baseball in Wichita during the 1920's. This conversation focuses on the game changing game of 1925, the Monrovians vs K*K.

Today is the day! Be sure to join us at noon as Dr. Lona Reeves and guest, Dr. John Dreifort, History Professor at Wichi...
06/17/2021

Today is the day! Be sure to join us at noon as Dr. Lona Reeves and guest, Dr. John Dreifort, History Professor at Wichita State University and baseball expert take a deeper look at African America baseball in Wichita during the 1920’s. This conversation focuses on the game changing game of 1925, the Monrovians vs K*K. See you today for your mid-day cultural break!!

Today is the day! Be sure to join us at noon as Dr. Lona Reeves and guest, Dr. John Dreifort, History Professor at Wichita State University and baseball expert take a deeper look at African America baseball in Wichita during the 1920’s. This conversation focuses on the game changing game of 1925, the Monrovians vs K*K. See you today for your mid-day cultural break!!

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/

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Dr. Lona Reeves and Denise Sherman at Juneteenth ICT
The Kansas African American Museum congratulates Mr. Charles McAfee at the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the swimming pool today at McAdams Park! Mr. McAfee is an icon in the community of Wichita and beyond!
The Kansas African American Museum is deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend—Dr. Karla Burns. Known for her immense talent and warm heart, she was a two-time TKAAM Trailblazer and Kansas treasure celebrated around the world. A giant fan of Hattie McDaniel, she was the driving force behind marking the birthplace of her mentor. While her Broadway light has dimmed—it ever shines in our hearts. Well-loved, she will be deeply missed.
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