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June 2020

CANCELLED: Who Was? A Story Time – Frederick Douglass

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Explore the life of famous activist and orator Frederick Douglass! This story time will include a hands-on quilt activity. We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children's story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity to connect kids to the inspiring life of each story time's subject. Join us on the second Saturday of each month to celebrate important…

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Juneteenth 2020 – Virtual Celebration

June 15 - June 20
Online United States
Free

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to make our 2020 Juneteenth celebration a virtual event. We will post more details as they are available.

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July 2020

1619 Project Series

July 9 @ 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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The 1619 Project

Stay tuned for more details about the topic of this presentation. The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. The AAMI will participate in this project with panel discussions that will feature a variety of community…

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Who Was? A Story Time – Venus and Serena Williams

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Learn about tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams and make a cute tennis craft to take home! We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children's story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity to connect kids to the inspiring life of each story time's subject. Join us on the second Saturday of each month to celebrate important historical and…

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August 2020

Who Was? A Story Time – Sojourner Truth

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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In honor of Women's Equality, day, this month's story time will explore the life of Sojourner Truth, an anti-slavery and women's rights activist. After hearing about her inspiring life, children will have the opportunity to make an equality key chain to take home. We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children's story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity…

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September 2020

Who Was? A Story Time – Michelle Obama

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Learn about former First Lady Michelle Obama in this story time event! In honor of her Get Growing initiative, we'll be doing a hands-on microgreens activity. We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children's story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity to connect kids to the inspiring life of each story time's subject. Join us on the second…

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2020 History Makers Gala

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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$60

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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October 2020

Who Was? A Story Time – Barack Obama

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Explore the life of President Barack Obama in this month's story time! The reading will be followed by a voting activity. We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children's story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity to connect kids to the inspiring life of each story time's subject. Join us on the second Saturday of each month to…

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1619 Project Series

October 22 @ 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
The 1619 Project

Stay tuned for more details about the topic of this presentation. The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. The AAMI will participate in this project with panel discussions that will feature a variety of community…

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November 2020

Who Was? A Story Time – George Washington Carver

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Come learn about scientist and inventor George Washington Carver and take part in an activity that will give you the chance to test your own inventor skills. We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a children's story program based on the Who Was series of biographies. These sessions will feature a reading of a Who Was biography and a hands-on activity to connect kids to the inspiring life of each story time's subject. Join us on the…

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