James Watts

Ombudsman at the Kansas City Mid-America Black Archives

Where were you born and raised?
Kansas City, Missouri.

What is your occupation?
Ombudsman at the Kansas City Mid-America Black Archives.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
The Summer time in Richmond, Virginia.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Celebrate the memories and thoughts of Black People. Thoughts about the price our enslaved people paid.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
The absence of a public funded technical and trade school. This would cut out some of the crime. No vision and imagination for Black community. Creativity!

When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
I was raised by my parents and family to know who I am. Soul power Black Power. Pride!!

Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
Our babies and youth. Faith hope and love.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
I live in the Urban Neighborhood. Take time to give a kind word to somebody and make time to help somebody. Church!!!

Your home for the Tokyo Olympics!