KAI Founder Reflects on Figures in Black History Who Influenced Career

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we acknowledge those African American men and women throughout history who fought for equality, improved the lives of others and achieved great success.

Paving the way for other minorities, KAI founder Michael Kennedy, Sr. said he was influenced by the words of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, who visited his university in 1966 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, to pursue a career in architecture, despite obstacles. Kennedy talks about his journey to becoming a minority architect in the book, "Rare Company: St. Louis Entrepreneurs and How They Got Their Start" by John Berglund.