In the beginning, there was a group of black WWII veterans getting together to reminisce. On July 28, 1966, exactly 100 years after Congress established six all black units to serve in the U.S. peacetime army, they gathered at the old National Guard Armory on 19th & Vine, Kansas City, MO once again; but realized this time was special and the National Association was born. And 126th years later, a monument was dedicated to those first soldiers who’s lives and heroic deeds lay silent and forgotten, was brought to light.
On July 25, 1992, the Greater Kansas City-Leavenworth Area Chapter (GKCLAC) was Chartered and established as the first chapter of the National 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Associations. After that historic day, several chapters followed GKCLAC in acquiring charters. The chapter was enunciated with requests for appearances and presenations. Overwhelmed, the president recruited volunteers to help with their work. The following is a summary of the Greater KC-Leavenworth Area Chapter’s history: