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Edward Beasley, Jr.

Kansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 1996

Edward Beasley, Jr., grew up in Kansas City where he attended public schools. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Lincoln University; a master’s degree in American history from Emporia State University; and a Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Beasley worked as an educator and historian before retirement. He has authored Black Trivia, Matter of Facts, wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Kansas City Call, and was a respected source of African American history on national TV and radio media.

He is a member of the Association of the Study of Afro-American Life and History and the Jackson County Historical Association. His interests include colonial American history and African American history. His wife, Bessie, is also retired.

He was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 1996, where he served until 2017 when he was elected to the honorary board.