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April 2020

CANCELLED – Who Was? A Story Time – Maya Angelou

April 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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This event has been cancelled as a COVID-19 preventative measure. Any rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Celebrate National Poetry Month by learning about the life of Maya Angelou and making a poetry collage! 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…

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May 2020

Who Was? A Story Time – Stevie Wonder

May 9 @ 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 musician, singer, and songwriter Stevie Wonder and enjoy a sing-a-long led by a local guitarist! 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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1619 Project Series

May 21 @ 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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June 2020

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

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, 52401 United States
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Join us for our annual Juneteenth Celebration! This year the festivities will take place at NewBo City Market. Stay tuned for further details about entertainment and vendors.

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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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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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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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