Park University to Host Annual Banneker School Breakfast

The Banneker School Foundation will host its annual fundraising breakfast on Monday, Feb. 26, at Park University. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Park Distance Learning Conference Center within the Parkville (Mo.) Commercial Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus.

The event, in partnership with the University, will include an update related to restoration and fundraising efforts of the historic one-room structure, located at 31 W. 8th Street in Parkville, built in 1885 to educate children of color. Delia Cook Gillis, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri, will be the featured speaker at the event.

In addition, Michael Dinwiddie, associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, who will present Park University’s 17th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture on Monday night at Kansas City’s Gem Theater starting at 7 p.m., will be introduced to those in attendance and will be available for interviews.

The Platte County Parks and Recreation Outreach Program continues to assist with restoration efforts.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person and can be purchased at at the door the day of the event. Sponsorships are also available for $1,000 per table. For more information about the event or to purchase a table, contact Banneker School Foundation board member Adrian Singletary at or (816) 359-6589.

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.