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Eastern Iowa authors, arts organizations awarded $90,000 in NEA grants

Andrew Sherburne - FilmScene - Ped Mall

Artists and arts organizations across the U.S. received good news Tuesday, as $33.2 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) were announced. Five Iowa orgs and individuals were among the award recipients, receiving a total of […]

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Nikole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Freedom School aims to empower the next generation of Black leaders in Waterloo

Nikole Hannah-Jones describes herself as “just a girl from Waterloo.” But her career suggests so much more. Hannah-Jones was the recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her introductory essay to The New York Times’ The 1619 Project, […]

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‘Iowa can’t wait’: Historic preservationist Matthew Gilbert on the power of place and the urgency to save Black buildings

Matthew Gilbert’s great grandfather, Dr. Lee Burton Furgerson, is an Iowa legend. He was one of the first Black doctors in Waterloo. He contributed to the Iowa Bystander, the state’s leading Black publication. He joined prominent civil rights attorney Milton […]

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Waterloo teacher who posted ‘sniper rifle’ Facebook comment about Greta Thunberg’s Iowa City visit resigns

The Waterloo West High School chemistry teacher who commented “Dont [sic] have my sniper rifle,” on a Facebook post about Greta Thunberg’s Oct. 4 visit to Iowa City has resigned, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported on Friday. […]

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Waterloo teacher placed on leave after Facebook comment about not having ‘my sniper rifle’ for Greta Thunberg’s Iowa City visit

A chemistry teacher at Waterloo West High School has been placed on administrative leave after posting a Facebook comment about not having his “sniper rifle” for Greta Thunberg’s visit to Iowa City. […]

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Betty Jean Furgerson, a leader in civil rights, education and the arts, dies at age 91

Betty Jean Furgerson, a leading advocate for civil rights, education, the arts and public broadcasting, died last week at the age of 91. According to an obituary posted by Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home, Furgerson died peacefully on Aug. […]

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