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October 2019

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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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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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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American Denial: The Truth is Deeper Than Black & White

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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Follow the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States’ racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life.  (Run time: 1 hour)   This screening will be…

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

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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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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Book Club Meet Up

October 24 @ 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!

This month's book club meeting will take place one week early to accommodate Halloween. Stay tuned for announcements on selected monthly titles.

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November 2019

Mightier Than The Sword

November 14 @ 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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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with the AAMI as we examine the history and evolution of African American literature from the 18th century to the present – from autobiographical slave narratives to the creative explosion of the Harlem Renaissance and from the Black Arts Movement to modern-day authors, poets, and playwrights. 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…

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Book Club Meet Up

November 21 @ 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!

This month's book club meeting will take place one week early to accommodate Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for announcements on selected monthly titles.

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December 2019

African American Holiday Traditions

December 17 @ 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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