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February 2021

1619 Panel Discussions

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, 52401 United States
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Join the AAMI and NewBo City Market for the next installment focused on democracy– more specifically, how our democracy's central ideals have been true and untrue since the outset, especially for people of color. ( This event will be in-person, masked and socially-distanced) WHERE: NewBo City Market WHEN: Friday, February 26th 7:00pm

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March 2021

Summit Series: Moving Toward OUR History

March 3 @ 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

Summit Schools hosts “Moving Toward OUR History: The Importance of an Inclusive Curriculum” virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 on the school’s Facebook Live and YouTube pages (links will be available one week before the event). Joining Summit for this free, interactive, live discussion is LaNisha Cassell and Sean Donaldson, both from the African American Museum of Iowa; Dr. Ashley Howard, assistant professor at the University of Iowa; and Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey.

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Heritage Spotlight: Our Sisters’ Many Hats

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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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Who Was : Who Were The Tuskegee Airmen

March 13 @ 10:00 am
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Let's go on an adventure through the skies with the brave and amazing Tuskegee Airmen! Stay tuned for our high flying activity, where you become the pilot!

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Film Club: Red Tails (Tuskegee Airmen)

March 18 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Did you know the Tuskegee Airmen was formed 80 years ago on March 19th? Join us in remembering the contributions of these incredible pilots at this month’s Film Club offering. / Watch "Red Tails" on Disney+, HBO Max, or on Hulu or Prime Video with an HBO Max add-on and then join us at 7 pm on March 18 to discuss what was presented in the film as well as Iowa’s own connections to the Tuskegee Airmen. / In “Red…

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History Adventures: The Story of African American Jazz

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Do you feel the rhythm? Do you hear the melody? Get ready for a toe-tapping good time with our Jazz History Adventure. Come with us as we learn more about African American Jazz musicians and possibly introduce you to some new favorites! For our activity we will be making 3 different homemade instruments, so you can have a Jazz band of your own!

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April 2021

Heritage Spotlight: Behind The Beat

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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 were enslaved, elements of spirituals can be found in the blues, the blues led the way to jazz, and jazz spurred on R&B, rock and roll, hip hop, and other forms of modern…

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Who Was: Louis Armstrong

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Calling all you cool cats! Stay tuned for a jumping good time with this Who Was story about the great Louis Armstrong! For our activity we will be creating a Jazz-inspired saxophone collage.

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Black Oscars: A Book Talk with Author Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.

April 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join the African American Museum of Iowa for a book talk with Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. on April 15th, just in time for the 2021 Oscars, scheduled for April 25th! Meeting Registration: Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us about African Americans – A Book Talk with Author Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.

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Film Club: Lost In History (Alexander Clark)

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join the African American Museum of Iowa for a viewing and discussion of Lost In History: Alexander Clark, an Iowa PBS program. Because of the actions of this notable Iowan, Iowa's schools were desegregated more than 85 years before the rest of the nation. This documentary profiles Alexander Clark and his historic accomplishments. Together we will take in the film in commemoration of the 1868 decision that integrated Iowa’s schools before closely examining the information depicted.

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