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‘Buffalo Women’ offers a new conversation on Black female camaraderie, set against a Juneteenth backdrop

Buffalo Women, which opens this Sunday, Juneteenth, is a new play by Omaha-based playwright Beaufield Berry. Subtitled “A Black Cowgirl Musical Dramedy,” the play tells the story of how five Black women, including interpretations of historical figures, find solidarity with […]

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Jo Allen celebrates being both Black and queer with Pride and Soul skate night

Pride and Juneteenth have so many intersections to navigate. Jo Allen has challenged Des Moines to take those roads and realize that every marginalized community in the city are fighting for the same rights against the same people. “I was […]

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Juneteenth in Eastern Iowa: cook-outs, blood drives, water balloon battles and Black art

It has been one year since Iowa City and the U.S. government have formally recognized Juneteenth as an official holiday. Many cities across Iowa have been slow to formally recognize Juneteenth, even though the holiday dates back to 1865. However, […]

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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: Johnson County’s Juneteenth balanced past and present, education and celebration

Best of the CRANDIC 2021 winner of Best Cultural Event Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, and read aloud the order freeing the state’s quarter-million slaves. The occasion has long been commemorated by Black […]

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Juneteenth in Johnson County includes a block party, interactive history and Black-owned businesses

Juneteenth will be an officially recognized holiday in Iowa City for the first time this year, and the city, in association with Johnson County and other partners, is hosting a weeklong series of events culminating on Saturday, which will be […]

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Watch: Mayor Bruce Teague and Supervisor Royceann Porter discuss Juneteenth, Black Lives Matter and the Black Voices Project

During the Thursday edition of Iowa City’s online program Community Connection, Mayor Bruce Teague and Johnson County Supervisor Royceann Porter discussed Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration on the Pentacrest, as well as the recent protests in the city and the country. Although […]

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Iowa City Pride hosting virtual parade on Saturday, joining Juneteenth march

Pride events across the country were swiftly canceled earlier this spring, as the risks posed by COVID-19 became clear, but many LGBTQ organizations promised not to let Pride Month pass without a celebration. Iowa City Pride will host its own […]

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Protesters march to City Councilmember Pauline Taylor’s house, insist on abolishing the police

Following their march to Coralville on Thursday, where a line of law enforcement officers under the command of the Iowa State Patrol blocked them from reaching I-80, the Iowa Freedom Riders adopted a new tactic. Instead of marching to the […]

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Iowa City Area Juneteenth kicked off Freedom Week with a Reclamation workshop

Iowa City Area Juneteenth is pulling out all stops this year to honor the end of slavery in the United States. In keeping with trends across the country, the organization is celebrating Freedom Week for the first time, filling the week surrounding Juneteenth with community events above and beyond the yearly celebration. […]

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Iowa Juneteenth celebrations include premiere of ‘Cross-Examined,’ a play about desegregating Post-Emancipation Keokuk

Cross-Examined, a play by University of Iowa MFA playwriting candidate Margot Connolly, will be performed at the Coralville Public Library on Sunday, June 18 at 3 p.m. as well as the Keokuk Public Library on Monday, 19 at 6 p.m, as part of the local Juneteenth commemoration. Both events are free and open to the public. […]

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