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May 2020

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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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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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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July 2020

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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Dollar Day

July 25 @ 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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Stop by and see the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Voices and Votes for just $1 on July 25! Admission also includes the permanent exhibit Endless Possibilities. Please familiarize yourself with our current health and safety guidelines before visiting.

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August 2020

Cancelled: 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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Due to COVID-19 this event has been cancelled. We will share information about rescheduling or a virtual event when that information is available. 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…

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September 2020

Cancelled: 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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Due to COVID-19 this event has been cancelled. We will share information about rescheduling or a virtual event when that information is available. 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…

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2020 History Makers Gala

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online United States
$30

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. This year we will be holding an online event. Stay tuned soon for more information.

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