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September 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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The African American Museum of Iowa will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums. Museum Day tickets will be available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating…

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Driven by Hope

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Free

About the Series: Join us at the Museum for free monthly presentations by Sean Donaldson, Museum Educator. These one-hour presentations will focus on a variety of topics ranging from broad African American history and the evolution of African american music, to Iowa's African Americans in sports and African American holiday traditions. With twelve opportunities to explore, you won't be disappointed.

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Book Club Meet Up – An American Marriage

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Join us for a Well-Read Black Girl book club meet-up!

Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort…

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October 2019

2019 History Makers Gala

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Join the African American Museum of Iowa to honor African Americans who’ve made an indelible impact as a trailblazer, change agent, legacy maker or role model in their communities. The AAMI’s only fundraiser, the annual History Makers Gala attracts guests from all over Iowa. Proceeds benefit the AAMI’s efforts to carry out its mission to preserve, exhibit, and teach the African American heritage of Iowa.

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The Underground Railroad

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Free

About the Series: Join us at the Museum for free monthly presentations by Sean Donaldson, Museum Educator. These one-hour presentations will focus on a variety of topics ranging from broad African American history and the evolution of African american music, to Iowa's African Americans in sports and African American holiday traditions. With twelve opportunities to explore, you won't be disappointed.

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Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America

October 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Free

When the son of Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, dives into the 400 year history of institutional racism in America he is confronted with the shocking reality that his family helped start it all from the very beginning. A comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America told through a very personal and honest story. (Run time: 1.5 Hours)   This screening will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Akwi Nji, Director…

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Jazz & Blues: Ray Blue

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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🎫 Get Tickets Join us on Friday, October 11 to listen to the music of acclaimed artist Ray Blue! This performance will feature the Ray Blue Work Ensemble Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance sales will end at 4:00 PM on October 11. Ray Blue’s music can be described as a fusion of straight ahead jazz and rhythmic groove. Ray is a New York bred saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator who performs internationally. He received his…

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Journey to Freedom

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center, : 10260 Morris Hills Rd
Toddville, IA 52341 United States
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Saturday, October 12 at Wickiup Hill Experience the escape from slavery with the African American Museum of Iowa. Participants will travel back in time to the 1850’s where they will become a runaway slave traveling north to Canada. While on your journey, you will encounter costumed actors who will serve as slave catchers, overseers, farmers, and abolitionists. Some might help you escape from freedom while others may threaten to return you to bondage. Learn to navigate with the stars, make…

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Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Free

Presenting a historical narrative not often heard about prisons and crime, this documentary investigates the complex issues of discretion within the system, racial targeting, and the largest spike in the number of people incarcerated in our nation's history. Through interviews with people caught up in or involved with the system, this documentary answers and provokes questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.  (Run time: 1 hour)   This screening will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by…

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Great White Hoax: Donald Trump and the Politics of Race and Class in America

October 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise explores how Donald Trump expertly tapped into long-simmering racial tensions and rode an accelerating wave of white anxiety and grievance straight to the White House. Rejecting the notion that Trump's racial appeals to white voters during the 2016 campaign somehow represented a break with business as usual, Wise shows how the politics of racial scapegoating have been operative in conservative and establishment Republican circles for decades. He also rejects the notion that the…

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