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Black creatives reframe Black stories in Des Moines speaker series at Mainframe Studios

Mainframe Studios and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) have teamed up for a four-part speaker series during Black History Month called Reframing Racial Injustice in Creative Communities. They are halfway through the series, and the next speaker — educator, […]

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Celebrate Black History Month in the CRANDIC

Happy February, readers! It’s time to begin celebrating Black History Month in the CRANDIC. Throughout the month, you’ll find numerous events to take part in as we celebrate Black culture and the achievements and legacies of Black Americans.  Editor’s Pick: […]

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Coast Guard to honor Hawkeye football great Emlen Tunnell for his bravery in WWII

Emlen Tunnell made history on the football field — first as a Hawkeye, then in the NFL — and continued do so after his playing days ended in 1961. In 1965, he became the first Black assistant coach in the […]

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Two houses represent a forgotten period of segregation in Iowa City, University of Iowa history

The houses at 942 Iowa Ave and 914 S Dubuque St in Iowa City may seem nondescript — just another couple of old, off-campus rental properties for college students — save for the rust-brown metal signs out front. These signs, funded by a grant from the National Park Service, detail the background of the Iowa Federation Home and Tate Arms house, which have had quiet but important roles in the history of Iowa City and the University of Iowa. […]

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Keeping the faith: Iowa City’s Bethel AME Church celebrates 150 years

In a city with few remaining historic buildings and a population constantly in flux, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a rarity. Bethel, Iowa City’s only historically black church, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The church still stands on the same Governor Street lot its founders bought for $50 in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. […]

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A short-film festival at the Iowa City Public Library will highlight black musicians and leaders

The library’s Storytime Room will host a mini black history film festival Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m., geared towards the whole family (and with popcorn for all). Black musicians are at the center of many of the featured films. […]

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‘Invisible Hawkeyes’ uncovers rich history of UI African American students

Black history at the University of Iowa is deep, rich — and largely still unknown. That’s the message of Lena and Michael Hill, who will speak at the League of Women Voters‘ Sunday Speaker series about their book Invisible Hawkeyes, […]

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