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February 2019

February Forum – Adam Foss

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sinclair Auditorium, 1st Ave NE Marquis Hall
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 United States
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There have been many community conversations regarding ways we can combat violence in our communities, as well as how we can ensure the criminal justice system is equal for all. We have engaged and supported the work of the SET task force and have been a part of many community conversations on ways to improve both. In an effort to continue the dialogue, we are proud to bring in nationally renowned speaker Adam Foss. Adam is the Executive Director of…

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Behind the Beat

February 19 @ 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

This presentation uses music to explore African American history, from the African beats to the jazz of the Harlem Renaissance to the popular music of the Civil Rights movement. The influences of traditional African music can be seen in the spirituals sung by African Americans while they worked as slaves, elements of spirituals can be found in blues, blue led way to jazz, jazz spurred on R&B, rock and roll, hip hop, and other forms of modern music. Each musical…

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The Talk: Race in America

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Free

Featured image from PBS. Join us at the Cedar Rapids Public library for a screening of "The Talk: Race in America." This two-hour documentary is about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. Following the movie, Karl Cassell, managing partner at Top RANK Staffing and former Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Civil…

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February Forum – Uncommon Allies

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Coe College, 1220 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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Join us for a free screening of Uncommon Allies which talks about the grassroots efforts to stem the tide of violence in Kansas City. The documentarian and film participants will also do a panel after the screening to share first hand their experiences and take questions. View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/239574961 The screening will take place on February 23 at 1:00 pm in the Kesler Lecture Hall at Coe College.

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Not Without Me! – Interfacing With the Education Process

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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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Black Migration and the Fight for Community Space in Iowa

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51503 United States
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Free

In 1839 the first territorial government of Iowa past a series of laws that denied black residents citizenship rights like the right to vote, testify in court, act as jurors, or participate in the state militia. In addition to these restrictions, the legislature passed “An Act to Regulate Blacks and Mulattoes.” The act was intended to restrict and prevent the migration of black people to the state. Black Iowans fought back against these laws and created vibrant communities by building…

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$1 Admission Day

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Join us on February 28 to round off our Black History Month celebrations with discounted access to the Museum! We will be offering $1 admissions and extended hours (10 AM to 7 PM), making this the perfect opportunity for families, students, and young professionals to explore our exhibits. This event will overlap with Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week, so consider planning a fun night out with a museum visit followed by dinner at a participating restaurant in the Czech Village/New Bohemia…

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March 2019

Our Sisters’ Many Hats

March 12 @ 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

An African American woman’s Sunday hat is her crowning glory—it announces to the world that here is a beautiful, sophisticated, confident person. But Sunday is just one day of the week, and her Sunday hat is just one of the many “hats” she wears. It takes an extraordinary woman to wear all of these hats—professional, artist, citizen, entrepreneur, mother. But is she rare? No. The African American women of Iowa have been dazzling in their many hats for 164 years.…

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More Than Just A Game

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
North Liberty Public Library, 520 W Cherry St
North Liberty, IA 52317 United States
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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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Searching for Freedom: African American Migration in Iowa, 1830-1900

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saint Ambrose University, 518 Locust St
Davenport, IA 52803 United States
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Free

“Searching for Freedom: African American Migration in Iowa, 1830-1900” will explore the history of black movement to and around Iowa during the 1800s, beginning with the arrival of the first African Americans in the 1830s and ending with the creation of one of Iowa’s only black majority communities at the turn of the century. We will look at how and why free blacks, slaves, fugitive slaves, farming clans, war veterans, coal miners, schoolteachers, and African Americans from every other background came…

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