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March 2021

Summit Series: Moving Toward OUR History

March 3 @ 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

Summit Schools hosts “Moving Toward OUR History: The Importance of an Inclusive Curriculum” virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 on the school’s Facebook Live and YouTube pages (links will be available one week before the event). Joining Summit for this free, interactive, live discussion is LaNisha Cassell and Sean Donaldson, both from the African American Museum of Iowa; Dr. Ashley Howard, assistant professor at the University of Iowa; and Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey.

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Heritage Spotlight: Our Sisters’ Many Hats

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An African American woman’s Sunday hat is her crowning glory—it announces to the world that here is a beautiful, sophisticated, confident person. But Sunday is just one day of the week, and her Sunday hat is just one of the many “hats” she wears. It takes an extraordinary woman to wear all of these hats—professional, artist, citizen, entrepreneur, mother. But is she rare? No. The African American women of Iowa have been dazzling in their many hats for 164 years.

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April 2021

Heritage Spotlight: Behind The Beat

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This presentation uses music to explore African American history, from the African beats to the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance to the popular music of the Civil Rights movement. The influences of traditional African music can be seen in the spirituals sung by African Americans while they were enslaved, elements of spirituals can be found in the blues, the blues led the way to jazz, and jazz spurred on R&B, rock and roll, hip hop, and other forms of modern…

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Who Was: Louis Armstrong

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans – A Book Talk with Author Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.

April 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join the African American Museum of Iowa for a book talk with Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. on April 15th, just in time for the 2021 Oscars, scheduled for April 25th! / Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (PhD, Georgetown University) is an Associate Professor within the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Gooding critically analyzes race within mainstream media, effectively contextualizing problematic patterns based upon their historical roots. As such, Gooding’s best-known work thus…

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