Mightier Than the Sword

Examine the history and evolution of African American literature from the 18th century to the present in the African American Museum of Iowa’s current temporary exhibit.

From autobiographical slave narratives to the creative explosion of the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement to modern-day authors, poets, and playwrights, the exhibit features influential black authors and examines the role literature plays in shaping public opinion on political and cultural issues.

Open August 26, 2016 through July 29, 2017.