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Honoring the Foundation of Kalamazoo During Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, and KPL is honoring some of the formative Black men and women who have impacted the founding and growth of Kalamazoo. Read, watch and listen to their stories, browse our special collections and participate in our dedicated Black History Month programming.


Influential Black Men and Women in Kalamazoo History

 


Black History

Hill, Forrest M.

Forrest M. Hill. (Gazette 18 Feb 1934) The name Forrest Hill won’t likely conjure a collection of grand biographical accomplishments…

Black History

Pratt, Charles A.

One of several existing legal associations in Kalamazoo, is the Charles A. Pratt Bar Association, which takes its moniker from…

Black History

Phillips Brothers

Of all the dance orchestras and concert ensembles that Kalamazoo produced during the 19th century, the Phillips Brothers’ Orchestra was…

Black History

Johnson, Pauline Byrd

Pauline Byrd Johnson was many things: an outspoken critic of forced desegregation policies, an active member of the Kalamazoo Republican…

Black History

Whitten, Anna L.

In 1999, Anna Whitten received the Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Kalamazoo. In their brochure for the…

Black History

Alexander, Dr. C. Allen

“An extraordinary personality, who is a physician, surgeon, community leader, oral historian, sportsman, raconteur, and author.”–Paul L. Maier’s foreword to…

Black History

Minott, Margaret

Margaret Minott was the first African American elected to the Kalamazoo Board of Education. She was instrumental in the effort…

Black History

White, Albert

Albert White was an African American building contractor who lived and worked in Kalamazoo from the 1870s until his death…

 


Stories

Read

Black History

Las Amigas Club

Mrs. Robert Woodford, Glenn Allen, Mrs. Albert Allen model clothes as part of a fashion show with proceeds going to…

Black History

Civic Black Theatre

Founded in 1978, the Civic Black Theatre (CBT) “recognized a need” for “black theater” in Kalamazoo. According to WMU faculty…

Black History

African American Newspapers

In addition to Kalamazoo’s principal newspapers (The Kalamazoo Gazette and The Kalamazoo Telegraph [1844-1916]), everyday life of black Kalamazoo residents…

 

Watch


Collections


Black History Month Events

 

All Ages

African Americans and the Arts Collage

When:

Thu, February 1 – Thu, February 29
OPEN HOURS

Where:

EAS/Community Room

All Ages

CANCELED–Kalamazoo History-Makers: Celebrating Black…

When:

Mon, February 26
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:

CEN/Van Deusen Room

Children

Black History Month with Arty the Art Detective

When:

Tue, February 27
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where:

WSQ/Children’s Area

 

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