Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – $1 Admission

Join us for our annual MLK Day celebration! Your $1 admission (free for members and children under 5) gives you access to both of our  current exhibits, Endless Possibilities and Unwavering: 21st Century Activism.

We want to provide a safe visitor experience during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that all visitors over the age of two are required to wear a face covering and capacity in all areas of the Museum is currently limited. Read more about our current visitor health and safety guidelines.

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

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 state takeover in January 2015, Little Rock presented a microcosm of the inequities and challenges manifesting in classrooms all across America.

Through case studies in Little Rock, New York City, and Los Angeles, TEACH US ALL, seeks to bring the critical lessons of history to bear on the current state of U.S. education and investigate: 60 years later, how far have we come, or not come, and how do we catalyze action from here?

Who Was? A Story Time – MLK

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 on the second Saturday of each month to celebrate important historical and contemporary African Americans.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s January birthday, our first book of the series will be Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.! After learning about Dr. King’s inspiring life, kids will have the opportunity to create a hand print project.