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.

Operating as usual

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.

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

We couldn’t have said it better!

On March 2, 1955, Claudette Colvin was arrested at the age of 15 in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded, segregated bus. This was nine months before the actions of Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Storytime Village donated 200 books about Claudette to TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum to celebrate women’s history month. Books are available for free at the museum through the end of March. Pick up your copy today so you can read this young woman's inspiring story!

And here’s the link to TKAAM Thursdays if you want to learn more about Claudette Colvin and other African American women history-makers:
https://fb.watch/4jmJZ00Vh6/

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!

02/26/2021
Friends University Fine Arts

Make sure you register for this amazing event happening tomorrow!

Here is a little clip of the music you will get to experience at tomorrow's performance: Celebration of the Past, Present and Future of Jazz and Art. It's a collaborative concert with Friends University Jazz and TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum showcasing the dynamic journey of the Black creative community.
Register for the virtual 28th Annual Jazz Festival concert at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-the-past-present-and-future-of-jazz-and-art-tickets-139744853619?fbclid=IwAR3uyDN4LcnqudItxItukqOl-d7BOl_r_skLXy1ZRupHkoMN0Vh1DUTTn_U

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

Thank you to everyone who attended our “Night at TKAAM - The Kansas African American Museum event tonight! We enjoyed the current exhibit “Through Our Eyes.”

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

02/17/2021

TKAAM Thursday happening tomorrow

02/17/2021
TKAAM Thursday

Your mid-day cultural break.

Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday for a cultural break. This week learn more about Dr. Samella Lewis, the Godmother of African American Art, from TKAAM's Cultural Ambassadors, Dr. Lona L Reeves, Education and Community Outreach Director and Paris Cunningham, Curator of Collections.

#WeAreCulture

Enjoy an encore broadcast of the 2020 A Tribute to Trailblazers Hall of Fame and learn more about our history making ind...
02/15/2021

Enjoy an encore broadcast of the 2020 A Tribute to Trailblazers Hall of Fame and learn more about our history making inductees. Check your local channel listings below, or watch online at www.tkaamuseum.org/trailblazers
Friday, February 19
Topeka
Me TV (check your local listings)
Saturday, February 20
Wichita
KSCW Channel 33 at 9:30pm
KWCH Channel 12 at 10:30pm
Topeka
WIBW (check your local listings)

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity!  Tallgrass is thrilled to announce the addition of the Gordon Parks Outstanding B...
02/14/2021

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!

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.

“It is an honor to have a film award as a tribute to the unique and gifted Gordon Parks,” said David Parks.
“Gordon Parks was compelled from the conception of a film idea to its final edit to always give his best. He worked relentlessly and was so dedicated to perfection. One of Gordon’s goals was to produce quality work regardless of the budget. I wish he was alive to judge and present the first Tallgrass Festival Film award to a deserving filmmaker who treasures and respects the art of filmmaking."

The Gordon Parks award winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, as well as a spotlight screening at the 19th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival (October 20-24, 2021) . The selection committee will include David Parks as well as prominent guest jurors and Tallgrass alumni, to be announced. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit projects to this category with no fee, assuming it meets requirements.

More details on the award and submission requirements can be found here: https://tallgrassfilm.org/tallgrass-film-festival-announces-5000-gordon-parks-award-for-outstanding-black-filmmaker/

Storytime Village and TKAAM have partnered to bring the story of the Dockum Sit-in to the museum NOW through February 17...
02/05/2021

Storytime Village and TKAAM have partnered to bring the story of the Dockum Sit-in to the museum NOW through February 17th. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to educate yourself on this key piece of history. Make TKAAM a part of your weekend and remember 1st Saturdays are free for Bank of America cardholders!

Make sure you set your timer to join us for our first TKAAM Thursday where we will be discussing The Genesis of Black Hi...
02/04/2021

Make sure you set your timer to join us for our first TKAAM Thursday where we will be discussing The Genesis of Black History Month.
Dr. Lona Reeves, TKAAM Education Director, leads a conversation on how Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Month. Spend your lunch with us!! You can watch it live on our page!!

Did you know about our home town Black History? The historic 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in was the first sit-in to occur...
02/01/2021
Trailblazers from historic 1958 Kansas sit-in share their stories with Sheinelle Jones

Did you know about our home town Black History? The historic 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in was the first sit-in to occur in our country!

Be sure to watch the video to hear from those who were leading the charge on that day.

#WEARECULTURE #TKAAM #BlackHistoryMonth

Before the famous sit-in protests of the 1960s, a group of brave Black students staged their own in 1958 at a drug store in Kansas.

01/28/2021
INTRODUCING TKAAM THURSDAY’S!

Next week at Noon we will be launching our new programming, TKAAM THURSDAY! We encourage you to join us online for a mid-day cultural break every first and third Thursday. Invite a friend!

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.

01/18/2021

“Tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we encourage you to rewatch our conversation, "A Champion for Change" with our special guests from the podcast Discomfort & Grace.

Today is the day!!! Be sure to join us at 12:00pm today for our MLK program entitled, A Champion for Change. We’ll be jo...
01/15/2021

Today is the day!!! Be sure to join us at 12:00pm today for our MLK program entitled, A Champion for Change. We’ll be joined by the hosts of Discomfort and Grace Podcast for this conversion. Spend your lunch break with us!

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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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