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December 2019

Winter Break Dollar Day

December 27, 2019 @ 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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$1

Get the kids out of the house and enjoy a family outing to the AAMI! Our permanent and temporary exhibit offer interactive learning opportunities that can be enjoyed by all ages. As always, members and children under 5 are free. Check out blackiowa.org/visit to start planning your trip!

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January 2020

Museum Selfie Day

January 15
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Free

Let's have some fun in the new year by celebrating Museum Selfie Day! This annual, world-wide event encourages museum patrons to share photos of their favorite museums and exhibits to help spread the word about these awesome resources. Visit the AAMI on January 15 or share a photo from a past visit. Be sure to tag us so we can share your photos on our social media!   View this post on Instagram   Happy #MuseumSelfieDay! We'd love to see…

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Free Movie Night – Presented by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Along with the African American Museum of Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Public Library, the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission is hosting a FREE movie night, featuring "Teach Us All." Please join us and watch this thought-provoking film!   About the Film: On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Little Rock school desegregation crisis, educational inequality remained among the most urgent civil rights issues of our time. With its school district hanging in the balance, following a…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$1

Join us for our annual MLK Day celebration! Your $1 admission (free for members and children under 5) gives you access to our exhibits and a community reflection activity inspired by the words of Dr. King.

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Who Was? A Story Time – MLK

January 25 @ 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 inclement weather, the January 11th Who Was? A Story Time event has been cancelled. Please check back in the coming days for information regarding a rescheduled date. 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…

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February 2020

Black History Month Kick Off @ CRPL

February 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Free

We are partnering with the Cedar Rapids Public Library for a Black History Month kick off event! Join us to look through the lenses of history, literature, music and art to both remember and celebrate Black History and achievement.

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Who Was? A Story Time – Rosa Parks

February 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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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. Rosa Parks was born on February 4, and to celebrate her legacy, we will…

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More Than Just A Game

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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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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1619 Project: Music

February 13 @ 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

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 voices, in many cases Cedar Rapids/Eastern Iowa’s own experts…

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Celebrating the Roots

February 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
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$30

Purchase Tickets We are partnering with Lion Bridge Brewing Company to host a soul food celebration and program in honor of Black History Month. Dr. Kelly Sharp, Professor of Africana Studies and History at Luther College will be speaking at 6pm about the history is soul food and the Museum's current exhibit "Untangling The Roots" Your $30 ticket includes a platter of soul food prepared by our friends at Vivian's Soul Food and a beverage of your choice. It also…

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