Black History Educational Posters Feature Local African-Americans in the Arts

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For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
816.701.3669
Black History Educational Posters Feature Local African-Americans in the Arts

The accomplishments of African-Americans working in the arts are featured in a set of educational posters produced by several Kansas City community partners.

The Black History Month 2014 posters feature African-American musicians, writers, and visual artists from Kansas City and the surrounding region who made significant contributions to the American culture during the 20th century.

These artists - ranging from musicians like Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and Julia Lee to poet Gwendolyn Brooks, photographer Gordon Parks, and painter Aaron Douglas --  helped America recognize itself as never before in portrayals of black lives, to hear itself in black modes of expression, and to feel itself in their vital, creative pulse.

These educational posters were produced by the Local Investment Commission (LINC) in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library and the Black Archives of Mid-America. This effort, now in its fifth year, celebrates and supports Black History Month from a local perspective.
Posters are available at all Kansas City Public Library locations, the Black Archives, and some branches of Mid-Continent Public Library.
This year's posters, along with those from prior years, can also be downloaded at kclinc.org/blackhistory

. Posters from prior years feature more than 20 musicians, politicians, writers, and other prominent African-American leaders from the Kansas City area.