Owens to speak on black history topic at library Feb. 3

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library in cooperation with CiviX Class will hold a lecture presented by Chester Owens at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.

Owens, a former Kansas City, Kansas, City Council member, will discuss Sumner High School alumnus and director of the Florida A&M University Band, William P. Foster, who became known as “America’s Band Leader.”

Owens is a civil activist, historian, business professional, and humanitarian. He served as the chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee of the NAACP.

Owens has received numerous awards throughout his lifetime for his civil rights and community service work including the NAACP Civil Rights Award, the Friends of Yates Black Man of Distinction Award and the Dr. E. A. Freeman Living Legends Award. Owens’ lecture is part of a series on KCK Black History.

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