black lives matter blog banner

A Statement from the Executive Director

Dear Iowans, The African American Museum of Iowa team and board have been deeply saddened and outraged by continued injustices against black people in our country. In recent days, the Museum has been the focus of an outpouring of support, with offers of individual, community, and organizational collaboration. This is a clear message that what […]

Happy International Jazz Day!

April 30th is International Jazz Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing this content from our 2014 temporary exhibit Behind the Beat featuring a few of Iowa’s jazz legends. Is your favorite on the list?

Who Was Maya Angelou – A Virtual Story Time

In place of our planned April Who Was program, we have created this virtual story time that you can watch at home! Listen to Ava Challenger readย Who Was Maya Angelou?, explore one of Angelou’s famous poems, and follow along with a guide to make your own poetry collage at home!

Follow us on Facebook:

Here's part two of Jemar Lee's interview with LD Kidd! If you missed part one, be sure to check it out at the link below.Part One ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿพ ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Local entrepreneur LD Kidd recently sat down with Jemar Lee to discuss his work. LD is the creator of 100% OVER RACISM, a clothing company that uses a portion of profits to support black owned businesses in Eastern Iowa. Part two of this interview will premier on our page this afternoon! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

5 days ago

African American Museum of Iowa
Here's one more Throwback Thursday video! This recitation of a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "The Other America" was recorded last year by Dr. Simon Estes. Dr. Estes will return for this year's Juneteenth programming as part of a panel organized by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Visit to learn more and register to attend. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook