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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 read 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!

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Dr. Sharon A. Collins, one of our 2020 History Makers, is a Cedar Rapids community trailblazer and owner of Collins Wellness Center. She has made a positive impact in pediatric and holistic health in the lives of her patients. Your contribution today to the Museum’s mission ensures stories like hers continue to be told and celebrated.

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The Museum’s History Makers Gala recognizes the contributions of Iowa’s African American leaders, is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, and brings together audiences from across the state of Iowa and beyond.

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Alicia Monee is a musical theater actor and singer, who has been featured in several local productions. Combined with her powerful vocals, her rendition of Sam Cooke's classic hit, "A Change is Gonna Come," made a lasting impression during the History Makers Gala. Your gift today allows the Museum to continue capturing African American history as it is made.

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The Museum’s annual History Makers Gala has always been an opportunity to share the Museum’s accomplishments during the last year and highlight the achievements of statewide African American leaders. Making the event virtual because of the pandemic also allowed for the addition of some inspirational performances from local artists.

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The Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 to give our team time to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 28. ... See MoreSee Less

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2020 has demonstrated the need for the tireless efforts of the African American Museum of Iowa to bring you the many educational resources it provides through relevant exhibits and timely programming. Resilience has been the cornerstone of the black struggle and achievement, and today is yet another step toward continued Resistance toward social injustice. The Museum needs your support to help preserve and teach black history to all Iowans. Make a gift today!

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Surprise! Our website also has a new look! This week a great team from Geonetric refreshed our website through their Operation Overnight event. We hope you love the new look as much as we do and join us in thanking Geonetric! Check it out at www.blackiowa.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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