History Makers Gala

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.

The 2019 History Makers Gala will take place on Thursday, October 3 at the Hotel at Kirkwood.

Who is a History Maker?

A History Maker is an individual who, by their actions, modifies the course of history, imparting knowledge and impacting the communities in which we live. Through their existence and influence, history is forever changed. Characteristics of a History Maker include the following:

  • Trailblazer: An African American who initiated a first or showed innovation in their field and was instrumental in developing or enhancing a process that positively impacted the lives of Iowans.
  • Change Agent: An African American who has made an indelible mark on their community and who has changed the lives of people in their area forever.
  • Legacy Maker: An African American who has created a legacy or accomplished something that lives beyond them, or contributed to a legacy by passionately continuing an effort or participating in a movement.
  • Role Model: An African American who is an outstanding role model and someone whose character and accomplishments all people, regardless of race, age, or gender, can admire and emulate.

2019 History Makers

Marie Christian

Bridget Saffold, RN
Coordinator, Cedar Valley and Cedar Rapids Focus on Diabetes

Dr. Raynard Kington
President, Grinnell College

Lorinda (Lori) Ampey
Director of Programming and Outreach, Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Simon Estes
Visiting Professor of Music, Des Moines Area Community College (Ankeny)
The F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence, Iowa State University

Past History Makers

Abel, Dr. E. Dale-2018

Andrews, Betty – 2014
Belcher, Romonda D. – 2011
Bell, Sandra K. – 2012
Berry, Deborah – 2017

Berry, Dr. Venise-2018
Boykin, George – 2016
Caldwell-Johnson, Teree – 2010
Chapman, Dr. Mary – 2012
Cheeks, Kimberly – 2016
Coleman, Marian – 2011
Davison, Henry – 2015
Eichacker, Lois H. – 2014
Estes, Elaine – 2013
Felton, Dr. Geraldene – 2012
Franklin, Dr. Angela – 2013
Furgerson, Betty Jean – 2008
Glanton, Willie Stevenson – 2007
Harper, Henri – 2013
Harris, Dr. Percy – 2014
Hawthorne, Francis – 2008
Hood, Jr., William B. – 2015
Humbles, Nancy – 2011

Humbles Jr., Shelby-2018
Johnson, Dr. Ida – 2009
Johnson, Rufus & Betty – 2015
Jones, Bernice – 2010
Lee, Flora – 2015
Long, Freda – 2010
Mahone, Dr. Paula – 2009
Mosley, Leon – 2017
Pierson, Dr. Jerome – 2017
Porter, Lou – 2009
Randall, James – 2014

Simms, Rudolph “Rudy” – 2018
Scott, Melvina – 2016
Stinson, Lyn – 2008
Todd, Dale – 2017
Weems, Anna Mae – 2007
White, Dr. Ruth – 2008
Williams, Catherine Gayle – 2007
Wynn, LaMetta K. – 2007
Yates, LaSheila – 2013