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'Bird Lives monument, with Kansas City skyline in the background

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WELCOME TO KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
How can a city, once so bawdy it attracted the top gangsters, transform itself into “Best Place to Raise a Family” in just a few decades? In a word, “Location.” Kansas City is the most centrally located major American city ... More

BLACK GENESIS
Kansas City has been a key city in the Midwest for African Americans even before the city was incorporated in 1850. Many people escaped slavery in the South to work as field and ranch hands here ... More

CULTURAL SITES
American Jazz Museum features exhibits on Duke Ellington, Charley “Bird” Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong, which alone, are worth the trip for jazz fans. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a must visit for all sports fans ... More

RESTAURANTS and NIGHTCLUBS
From the Blue Room at 18th & Vine, to Arthur Bryants Barbecue, to Gates Barbeque and the many other Barbeque and Soul Food restaurants around town ... More

SHOPS and GALLERIES
Robert Frazier Gallery of Contemporary Art, Swing Shop, Gifted Hands, Bacara and Today’s Men’s Wear offer soulful shopping choices ... More

18TH & VINE DISTRICT
The epicenter of a larger district historically and approximately bounded by 12th Street, Troost Ave, 23rd Street and Prospect Ave, this famous district was a magnet for Black folks from Omaha to Oklahoma City ... More


KANSAS CITY JAZZ
To Black musicians, "wide open" Kansas City meant steady work from the 1920s through the Depression and attracted the best Blues and Jazz artists from Omaha, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans ... More

KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE
If you think of steak and barbecue, you must add Kansas City to the same sentence. Local lore says that Kansas City Stockyards opened in 1870, thereby insuring Kansas City would rival Chicago as a major distribution center for beef ... More

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
Sprint Center, Union Station - Science City, Kansas City Zoo, Truman Sports Complex, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame ... More

GENERAL ATTRACTIONS
Country Club Plaza is KC’s most popular destination, this 14-square-block plaza was designed in 1922 with an airy architecture style modeled after Seville, its sister city in Spain ... More

PERFORMING ART VENUES
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Coterie Theatre, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater give Kansas City and nice collection of classic and modern venues ... More

ART and HISTORY MUSEUMS
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of America’s encyclopedic art museums, includes a growing collection of modern sculpture enhanced with works by contemporary African American artists such as ... More

 

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Lysa Allman-Baldwin
Thomas Dorsey
Sheila Umolu

 

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