Three Generations to Reflect on Evolution of Black Experience on Campus

Breakfast celebrates 50th anniversary of The African American Student Union
Black female student performs a dance on stage with a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. in the background during the TAASU Freedom Breakfast

How has the African American experience on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus evolved over the past half-century? Come hear three unique perspectives at the 29th annual Freedom Breakfast sponsored by The African American Student Union (TAASU).

The speakers will represent the experiences of three different generations: Margaret A. Evans, Ph.D. (B.A. ’71, MPA ’72), one of the original founders of TAASU; Michael Watson, who attended UMKC in the 2000s and is one of the most stellar student-athletes in the history of university; and the current president of TAASU, Cameron Johnson, a junior majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. The program will also feature special tributes from UMKC students.

This year’s breakfast celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of TAASU. Proceeds support the Herman Johnson Scholarship fund and TAASU leadership programming opportunities.

The TAASU Freedom Breakfast was created not only to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., but also to promote unity and harmony within our UMKC community. The event highlights UMKC’s institutional values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect.

Event details:

  • 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 (event was re-scheduled due to inclement weather)
  • Pierson Auditorium
  • Tickets are free for UMKC students (pre-registration required) and $65 for others

Tickets and registration are available online. 

Published: Jan 17, 2019

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