Kansas City & Black History Month

February is Black History Month. We're highlighting prominent African Americans in the Kansas City area. 

 LeRoy 'Satchel' Paige

LeRoy 'Satchel' Paige was a pitcher for the Kansas City Monarchs between 1935 and 1955. 

 

Hal McRae

Hal McRae is a former Kansas City Royals player and was the first African-American manager for the team.

 

Ronnie White

Ronnie White, the first African-American to serve on Missouri’s Supreme Court, spent more than three decades in the courtroom. 

 

Leon Jordan 

KC native Leon Jordan was said to be one of the most powerful African-Americans in the state of Missouri in 1970.

 

Frank White 

While playing second base for the Royals, White was a five-time All-Star and an 8-time Golden Glove winner.

 

Henry Perry 

Next time you're eating burnt ends at Arthur Bryant's, stop and take a second to thank Henry Perry.

 

John Jordan 'Buck' O'Neil

John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil was an iconic Negro League baseball player for the Kansas City Monarchs.  

 

Andrew 'Rube' Foster 

Foster gathered owners of the African-American teams at the Kansas City YMCA in 1920 to organize the Negro National League.

 

Lucile H. Bluford 

Her writing helped change the way African-Americans were treated, especially in higher education.

 

Hiram R. Revels

Hiram R. Revels was the first African-American to serve in U.S. Congress, but he also has ties to Independence, Missouri. 

 

Emanuel Cleaver II

Kansas City's first African-American mayor.

 

Charlie Parker

At the age of 15, he grew fond of the alto saxophone. Parker aloAt the age of 15, he grew fond of the alto saxophone. 

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