I recently heard yet another story of black youth who feel left out of their school community year round, but who feel it especially strongly during Black History Month, which has gone mostly unrecognized at their school. I hope that voices of these youth will spark a review of curricular offerings, celebrations, and school culture in their buildings–because I believe ALL youth will benefit from a more inclusive school curriculum and community.
In the meantime, I wanted to share the things that I know are happening in my local community to commemorate Black History Month. Taking part in these types of events affords an excellent opportunity to do a small part in honoring the lives and work of those who have come before, while also working to make our own lives and community more inclusive.
What kinds of things are you doing to commemorate Black History Month?
Iowa City, Iowa, Black History Month Activities
CORRECTION: Monday, February 23, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. , America is Changing: Are You Ready?: 6-8 pm
Doors Open at 6 pm, spaghetti dinner at 6:30 pm, speech at 7:00 pm.
The Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City
Through a collective effort to engage the community in celebrating Black History Month, all Iowa City activities listed below are free, accessible, and open to the public! There also are events taking place at the University of Iowa.
Wednesday, February 18, Black History Family Game Night: 6-8pm
Test your knowledge of Black History, Life and Culture in fun interactive games and activities honoring Black pioneers, leaders and historical events.
Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, located at 2651 Roberts Road, Iowa City IA 52246
Thursday, February 19, Women Speak: Embracing the Black Women: 6-8 pm
Discussion surrounding the images of black woman, experiences living in Iowa City and how we can be more uplifting and supportive in our community.
The Dream Center, located at 611 Southgate Ave, Iowa City, IA.
For more information contact Morgan Murray at Morgan.email@example.com
Friday, February 20, Soul Food Dinner: 6-8:30 pm
Enjoy a free meal and connect with others from the community. Youth and adult art expression will be on display.
City High School, located at 1900 Morningside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52245
For more information, contact RaQuishia Harrington @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 22, Unity Concert “Lift Every Voice and Sing”: 3-5 pm
New Creations Church, located at: 2929 East Court Street, Iowa City IA Phone. 319 333-5644
Tuesday, February 24, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. youth conference: Time TBA
Thursday, February 26, Men Talk: 6 – 8 pm
Discussion surrounding the lives of Black Men in America. Open to all men.
New Creations Church located at 2929 East Court Street, Iowa City IA.
For more information, contact Henri Harper, email@example.com