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March 2020

Who Was? A Story Time – Louis Armstrong

March 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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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 contemporary African Americans. This month we'll be celebrating the life of famous jazz musician Louis Armstrong with…

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CANCELLED – 1619 Project: Music

March 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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The 1619 Project

This event has been cancelled as a COVID-19 preventative measure. Any rescheduled dates will be announced at a later time. Join us for a discussion based on the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project. Karl Cassell, Managing Partner at Top RANK Talent Solutions will moderate a panel discussion focusing on the appropriation of African American music.   The panel will include: - Myron McReynolds, Director of Education at Orchestra Iowa - Blake Shaw (Blake Shaw Music), Performing Bassist, Big(ish) Band…

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CANCELLED – Sounds & Styles: Gospel

March 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th 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. Building on the success of our previous Jazz and Blues series, Sounds & Styles is a new music performance series focused on genres with roots in African American communities. Through this series, we hope to increase Eastern Iowa's access to these art forms. Our first concert in this series will feature local vocalists performing traditional gospel music. Performers will include:…

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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

CANCELLED: 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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CANCELLED: 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

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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Juneteenth Trivia Night

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

From the Organizer: THIS IS A FUNDRAISER for the African American Museum of Iowa! Questions will celebrate Juneteenth and Black accomplishments in American history and popular culture (three will be dedicated film, television, sports, and music rounds). SUGGESTED DONATION: $10/player PRE-REGISTRATION (Free!!!!) (cut-off is approximately 15 minutes before the show): https://tinyurl.com/ABEOJPR YOUR UNIQUE LINK/PASSCODE WILL COME 1-2 HOURS PRIOR TO THE SHOW. It's not automatic. Don't expect an email immediately after registering. Please don't email us asking where your registration…

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Unwavering: Art Creation in Defense of Black Lives

June 27 @ 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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With the death of George Floyd and the upheaval in the country in the past few weeks, the AAMI has created this event to offer the community a chance to honor Black lives and promote activism through art. Local Iowa art activists, Donté Hayes and Savannah Simmons, will be on hand to guide visitors in creating two collaborative murals as well as make and take pieces. The AAMI will provide supplies and a safe space for visitors to freely express…

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