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MLK Day in Johnson County will include opportunities for public service, as well as storytime and art events for kids

It’s been 54 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the final speech of his life, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” King had traveled to Memphis, Tennessee at the beginning of April 1968 to support striking workers from the city’s sanitation department. The strike began after two garbage collectors, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, died […]

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Paris, Milan, New York … Iowa City? Designer Andre’ Wright works to establish Fashion Activism Institute in downtown IC

Fashion wasn’t the focus of last year’s racial justice protests, but what demonstrators wore — Black Lives Matter T-shirts, face masks reading “I can’t breathe” — became part of the message. Andre’ Wright understands the role of fashion in activism better than anyone, and now he’s teaching others how to use clothing to send a […]

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Photo Gallery: Skaters on Coralville’s new ice rink donate personal care items for free skate rentals

Dozens of ice skaters glided across the Xtream Arena during its Skate & Donate event Thursday night. Skaters were encouraged to bring personal care items — toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes, shampoo and conditioner, soap and body wash — to support the Coralville Community Food Pantry (CCFP). Skaters that brought donations had their […]

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‘We serve people lunch, and it’s important, and it’s not super complicated’: Free Lunch Program approaches 40 years of service

It’s 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of December at the Iowa City Free Lunch Program (FLP), and volunteers are entering the kitchen. Colleen Schilling pulls out bags of frozen mixed vegetables and cartons of vegetable broth. Gale Kolbet signs the data sheet while Mary Kelly carries more bags of groceries through the volunteer entrance. […]

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