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Creating Community Memory During Black History Month

“Individual stories, particularly those of our community elders, are so important to creating community memory,” said Sweeney. “The Black Archives of Mid-America helps preserve those stories.”

Audience Will Hear Neighborhood’s Story and Share Their Own

KANSAS CITY, MO – Every person has a story and every community has a history. Both will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 25, at the St. Therese Little Flower Senior Community Center. In observance of Black History Month, Dr. Delia Gillis and Michael Sweeney of the Black Archives of Mid-America will share personal narratives and milestones from the community surrounding the historic church at 5814 Euclid Avenue, Kansas City, MO, 64130. The program begins at 10:00 a.m.

“Individual stories, particularly those of our community elders, are so important to creating community memory,” said Sweeney. “The Black Archives of Mid-America helps preserve those stories.”

Images and documents in the holdings of the Black Archives will be part of the presentation. So will individual stories that are part of the community’s fascinating past.

“A lot of the people who come to our center every day might not realize how many influential people came from right around here,” site administrator Sharon Sanders said. “Along with learning about them, we’re also encouraging participants to share their own personal stories and experiences.

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph serves hundreds of older adults at the senior center each year with congregate and home-delivered meals, health and wellness programs and social and educational activities such as the Black Archives presentation.

About Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Founded in 1879, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is a nationally accredited, non-profit agency dedicated to human services across Central and Western Missouri. Inspired by the Gospel mandate, Catholic Charities transforms lives and communities through hope-filled care, services and advocacy.

The impact of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is felt every day in the communities it serves. Annually, the agency assists more than 150,000 people of all faiths, ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds.

For more information about Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, visit catholiccharities-kcsj.org.

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Contact: Lisa Tulp
Communications Coordinator
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc.
Office: 816.659.8226
email: ltulp@ccharities

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