The African American Museum of Iowa is located in the New Bohemia Cultural District of Cedar Rapids, IA. It houses two exhibits, a beautiful rental hall, and the Nikee Museum Gift Shop.
Date: Saturday, June 12 2021 to Sunday, June 20 2021
Juneteenth is the commemorative name of the official end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865.
The African American Museum of Iowa recognizes this annual remembrance through educational and celebratory programming each year. Events will commence with the African American Youth Think Tank Black History Challenge collaboration kick-off event on Saturday, June 12 live-streamed from the Museum. On Thursday and Friday, June 17 & 18, there will be a variety of virtual activities for all ages.
Our much-anticipated festival-style celebration will be held outdoors at NewBo City Market on Saturday, June 19 with day-long stage performances, Market refreshments, and community information booths. Finally, on Sunday afternoon, June 20, and live-streamed from the Museum, there will be a panel discussion entitled "Does the Color of My Skin Really Matter?" as it relates to the impact of race in the opera music field. This event is in partnership with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.
June 12, 12 PM to 3 PM – Kickoff Event – African American Youth Think Tank: Black History Challenge – Live-Streamed from the Museum
June 17-18 – Virtual Events for All Ages
June 19, 11 AM to 6 PM – Festival at NewBo City Market
June 20, 2 PM to 3:30 PM – CR Opera Theatre Panel: “Does the Color of My Skin Really Matter?” – Live Streamed from the Museum