Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Virtual Lunch & Learn

“Free Did Not Mean Welcome”

Presentation Explores Emancipated African Americans’“Free State” Experiences and Systemic Racism that still exists in today’s world.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Carmaletta Williams

Monday, January 18, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Millions of African Americans walked away from the South after Emancipation looking for freedom. For some it meant a journey to Kansas, a “free state.” Discover how many realized that for Black people in Kansas “Free” did not necessarily mean “Welcome.” Also learn more about “Systemic Racism” that still exist in today’s world and what we can do to help to eliminate it.

Carmaletta Williams is a former professor of English and African American Studies at Johnson County Community College. She is now the Executive Director of The Black Archives
of Mid-America.

“Free Did Not Mean Welcome” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For more information about “Free Did Not Mean Welcome” contact the Gordon Parks Museum at 620 -223-2700 ext 5850 or visit