Black Migration and Shifting Black Faiths

Note: this event was originally scheduled for 2/17/2019. The new date is 04/07/2019.

The American Jazz Museum and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group partner to present the 2019 Black History Month program. Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks will discuss "Black Migration and Shifting Black Faiths,” exploring the roles and changing dimensions of religion in black communities during the Great Migration and beyond.  Jelks will expand on themes presented in his new book "Faith & Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americas: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver and Muhammad Ali."

A light food reception begins at 2:00 pm, with the lecture by Dr. Jelks starting around 3:00 pm.  Dr. Jelks will also sign copies of his book after the lecture. Paperback editions will be available in the Swing Shop. RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Please respond to

The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group is the local chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) the founders of Black History Month.  They have set the 2019 national Black History theme as "Black Migrations." 

Randal Maurice Jelks is Professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Jelks also holds appointments in History, Religious Studies, and is the co-Editor of the journal "American Studies." In addition, he is an ordained Presbyterian clergy.

Sunday, April 07, 2:00pm
Sunday, April 07, 4:30pm




American Jazz Museum


American Jazz Museum
1616 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
United States