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May 2019

Extended Hours

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

The Museum will be open until 7 PM on Friday, May 31. Galleries will be accessible with regular admissions.

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June 2019

2019 Summer Theatre Adventure Auditions

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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A drum beats, a rattle shakes, and a voice cries out, “Come hear! Come hear!” “A story! A story!” The answering call rings out across the village as the sun sets and people gather to hear the storyteller. Come with us to a little village between the coast and the forest in Ghana, where we will hear tales that have been loved for centuries. We will meet Anansi the spider, Rabbit, Turtle, Lion, and a host of other animals. Through…

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Juba: The Hidden Meanings of Music

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Free

Join us for the first session of our Children’s Summer Series! Juba is a style of music that involves clapping, snapping, stomping, and making complex rhythms with your own body as a percussion instrument. By discovering its origins and understanding the lyrics of Juba songs, kids can learn African American history in a unique way. Kids will clap and sing a Juba song and have the opportunity to make and perform with percussion instruments. About the Series: Last year, the…

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Juneteenth – Museum Celebration

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Save the date for our Juneteeth museum celebration! Learn more on our Juneteenth page. Please note that times for this event are tentative and will be finalized closer to the date.

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Juneteenth – Viola Gibson Park

June 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Viola Gibson Park, 1201-1391 10th St SE
Cedar Rapids Iowa, IA 52401 United States
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Free

Join us on June 15 at Viola Gibson Park in Cedar Rapids! This free event will have entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Full details are available on our Juneteenth page.

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Not Without Me! – Interfacing With the Education Process

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Free

Join us in the mobilization of parents and community members by participating in this series* of community forums at the African American Museum of Iowa. Together we will identify obstacles and opportunities for parental and community involvement in the education process of our children. Help us create change for our children, tomorrow's leaders. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids NAACP.   *Forums will be held…

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Wonders of Buxton

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Visit Buxton, a bustling mining town at the turn of the last century. This important place in Iowa’s history was referred to as a “utopia” by the majority of the town’s residents, African Americans who were welcomed with little racism and discrimination. Step into the YMCAs, visit the elementary schools, and meet some of Buxton’s important residents, including the first African American to graduation from The University of Iowa Medical School. About the Series: Join us at the Museum for…

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July 2019

History Adventures – Title TBA

July 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Free

Save the date for our History Adventures series! About the Series: Last year, the AAMI rolled out its inaugural Children’s Summer Series, with regular programming aimed at teaching our youth about African American history through fun activities. This year’s summer program, History Adventures, will give children the same opportunity to have fun engaging with history. The program will run every other Wednesday in June and July.

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Policing Chicago’s Black Neighborhoods

July 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Free

This presentation will be based on Dr. Simon Balto's research that explores the development of a police system in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods that over the course of the mid-twentieth century became simultaneously brutally repressive and neglectful. This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.   About the Speaker Dr. Simon Balto teaches,…

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More than Just a Game

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Iowa’s athletes have long impacted their teams, communities, and the sports they played, but African Americans did so while facing off against more than just the opposing team. They fought for the right to equal treatment on and off the field. Highlighting people such as Iowan and Olympian Thomas Hill, Drake University athlete Johnny Bright and his affect on the football helmet, and members of the Buxton Wonders, Iowa’s Negro Leagues team, this program is perfect for sports enthusiasts, history…

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