Black History Month in KCPS: Daniel Arthur Holmes


For Black History Month, we are profiling prominent African Americans who made a significant and historic impact on Kansas City Public Schools. We want to give credit and our gratitude to the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City and LINC for providing the images and information for this series.

Kansas City, February 11, 2020: Daniel Arthur Holmes (1876-1972) was the pastor at Paseo Baptist Church for 46 years and used his role in the community to advocate for better conditions for local African Americans. Holmes’s parents were former slaves, but he was able to earn degrees from three colleges and become one of the most respected leaders in Kansas City. Holmes battled political corruption in Kansas City, worked to integrate the University of Missouri-Columbia, and helped lead the effort to build a new Lincoln High School at 21st and Woodland Streets. In 1963, the former “Benton School” at 3004 Benton Blvd. was renamed D.A. Holmes Elementary School in his honor.