Despite being denied basic freedoms back home, 367,000 black men fought for freedom in Europe during World War I. To gain a better perspective on the lives and deaths of those soldiers, kick off Black History Month today with a stop at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s African-American History and Culture House (5245 Rockhill Road). They Came to Fight: African-Americans and the Great World War, an exhibit of images, maps and artifacts, aims to shed greater light on those soldiers who fought for a country still decades away from recognizing their civil rights. Tonight’s reception, from 6 to 8, will feature speakers on the involvement of Kansas City and its residents in World War I. The exhibit runs through March 14. For more information, call 816-235-6609.
African-American History and Culture House
Feb. 1-March 14, 2008