History Matters is a series of on-going episodes that highlight and depict moments, places and events of historical significance in the African American experience over the last 400 years. It is hosted by Saniya Gay, the National Student Ambassador for the 400 Years African American History Commission and former inaugural National Ms. Juneteenth.

Episode 2: Nicodeums, Kansas

Nicodemus, Kansas was founded by newly freed enslaved people in 1877. It was the first black settlement west of the Mississippi River, and is the only predominant black community west of the Mississippi that remains a living community.