Wynton Marsalis made history with his dramatic, thought-provoking Blood on the Fields, the first jazz composition to win a Pulitzer Prize. The composition chronicles American slavery through the story of an African man and woman who are stolen and enslaved, fall in love, and see their relationship truly flourish when they reach freedom.
Join Kansas City’s “Brother John” Anderson in an interactive presentation celebrating the lives and accomplishments of many of our country’s African American trailblazing heroes.
Powerful imagery of protests and violence helped bring attention to America's civil rights movement. Black photographers of the era broadened the nation’s view, also capturing a wide range of social activities in the African American community.
The Library continues its examination of immigration, exploring the tension between America’s historical acceptance of newcomers and periodic backlash arising from concerns about their economic and cultural impact.
One of the architects of America’s current fiscal policy started small. Esther George, then a teenager, stuffed canceled checks into customers’ monthly statements in her first summer job at a local bank. She worked her way up to teller.
Kansas City is at the vanguard of what Bruce Katz sees as a positive trend in societal problem solving: a shift from increasingly dysfunctional models of national governance to more flexible, multi-stakeholder forms of local authority.