It’s Black History Month and local filmmaker Gary Jenkins has just released a new documentary that tells the story of Missouri slaves escaping to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Freedom Seekers premieres at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Library on Wednesday February 15th at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion featuring local historians and Jimmy Johnson III whose great grandfather escaped a Platte County slave farm.
A series of posters that tell the story of black leaders from a local perspective are available to you for free. From Baseball legend Satchel paige and NAACP leader Roy Wilkins to jazz musicians Mary Lou Williams and Speedy Huggins.
These would be perfect for schools, community centers, or any group settings. They are free and are being made available by LINC, the Local Investment Commission who is partnering on these for black history month with the The Kansas City Public Library and The Black Archives of Mid-America, with contributions from the The Kansas City Star.