Park University Hosting Black History Month Conversation Featuring Gwendolyn Grant

Gwendolyn GrantJanuary 22, 2024 — Gwendolyn Grant, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, will be the featured speaker of a Black History Month program hosted by Park University on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The event will be held in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater located inside Alumni Hall on the University’s flagship Parkville Campus starting at 1 p.m. A livestream of the program will also be available at

Grant, a 1994 graduate of Park University, was appointed as the first female CEO of the ULGKC in 1995. Devoted to the causes of social justice, civil rights and parity, Grant is a true champion for change, and her limitless advocacy brings the plights of African Americans and women to the forefront.

Grant convenes the Urban League’s Police Accountability Task Force, a coalition of civil rights, community-based, faith-based and civic organizations. She also serves on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education and Workforce Development and is the president of the Kansas City Public Schools Buildings Corporation Board. In addition, Additionally, Grant serves as publisher and editor-in-chief of the Urban League’s State of Black Kansas City, a biannual report on African American progress in five key areas — civic engagement, economics, education, health and social justice.

For her efforts, Grant has received honors including the 2022 National Urban League’s Women of Power Award and the Whitney M. Young Leadership Award for Advancing Racial Equity.



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