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April 2019

CANCELED: Modern Migration to Iowa

April 5 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cornell College, 600 1st St SW
Mt Vernon, IA 52314
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Please note that this event has been canceled. Any plans to reschedule will be announced on our website and social media. This Humanities Iowa presentation will connect the the economic, social, and political issues explored in Driven By Hope to the lives of modern migrants to Iowa. Professor Stella Burch Elias of the University of Iowa Law School will discuss modern immigration, refugees, and asylees with a focus on African immigrant populations that have settled in Iowa. This program is…

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Extended Hours – Celebrate Alexander Clark

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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Join us to celebrate the legacy of Alexander Clark and the Iowa Supreme Court decision Clark v. Board of Directors that legally desegregated Iowa’s schools on April 14, 1868. We will have extended hours until 8:00 PM and educational resources for individuals and families to learn more about Alexander Clark. Regular museum admission rates apply to this event. Alexander Clark is most well known for his lawsuit of 1867 against the Muscatine Public School System to admit his 12 year old…

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Community Conversation: Remembering the 1919 Explosion

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Featured image from the Brucemore collections. Brucemore, in collaboration with the African American Museum of Iowa, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and University of Iowa Labor Center, is hosting a conversation on the Douglas Starch Works explosion. The Douglas Starch Works explosion was one of the worst industrial accidents in Iowa history. On May 22, 1919, a small fire at the Douglas Starch Works Company created an explosion. Homes, schools, and stores were damaged. Windows were shattered, and…

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150 Years of Progress for African American Men

April 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Iowa Main Library, 125 W Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52242
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This year marks the 154th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the complete emancipation of U.S. slaves. At emancipation, black men in American had little human capital or personal property, and almost all lived in the relatively poor, agrarian, former states of the Confederacy. And although their position is much improved relative to 1865, black men in America continue to experience sizable labor market and wealth disadvantages relative to their white peers. How and when did black…

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The Only One

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Based off the AAMI’s 2012 temporary exhibit of the same name, “The Only One” explores the experiences of Iowans who were the only African American on a sports team, in a classroom, at work, and in other situations. Learn about Alexander Clark, who integrated Iowa schools in 1868 when his daughter Susan enrolled in Muscatine Grammar School #2, or Louis Dade, who won the Iowa Amateur Golf title in 1939 despite being denied access to the Fort Madison County Club.…

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Not Without Me! – Interfacing With the Education Process

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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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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May 2019

Unconditional Loyalty

May 7 @ 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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Discover the proud history of African American service people in the United States military from the Revolutionary War to the present. Topics include African American Iowans in the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, desegregation of the armed forces, and many more. 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…

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Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: The Sun Is Also a Star

May 16 @ 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 discussion of the best selling novel The Sun Is Also a Star ahead of the release of its movie adaptation on May 17! Register Here The AAMI/Next Page Books Well-Read Black Girl book club will kick off with a discussion of Nicola Yoon’s 2016 best seller, The Sun Is Also a Star. This novel explores the relationship between Natasha, a girl facing the looming prospect of her family’s deportation, "who believes in science and facts,” and…

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Humanize My Hoodie

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids , IA 52401 United States
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The AAMI is proud to announce that we have received funding through the Creating Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities fund via the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation to bring Humanize My Hoodie to the Museum for a special one-day exhibit on May 21. Humanize My Hoodie is a project of Born Leaders United, a fashion brand founded by André Wright. The project seeks to destigmatize styles of clothing often associated with people of color through art and photography. This one-day exhibit will…

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Canceled: When the Great Migration Met the Black Diaspora

May 23 @ 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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Due to a family emergency, this evening's Humanities Iowa lecture, "When the Great Migration Met The Black Diaspora," by Dr. Joshua Guild of Princeton University has been canceled. Please check our social media pages and our website, www.blackiowa.org, for any information about a future reschedule. As countless writers and scholars have chronicled, black migration transformed the culture, politics, and social life of the United States in the mid-twentieth century, when the sons and daughters of Mississippi and Alabama and Georgia…

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