Iowa City youth will breathe life into some of history’s most important figures at the Black History Living Museum on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street. The event is being held as part of the celebration of Black History Month in Iowa City. 

Youth will bring historic African American men and women to life, animating a scene from their lives or sharing information about the role they played in Black history. Presented by the Dream Center and sponsored by Iowa City Parks and Recreation, the Englert Theatre and Little Village, this event is open to the public. No admission fees will be charged, although donations will be accepted.  

Dream Center Performing Arts Program Coordinator NiKesha Jenkins says that the event came about because the young people she works with wanted to bring the celebration and learning opportunities of Black History Month out of the school setting and into the community.

“It was important to create an event and an environment where students can learn about their history and culture, but also create a place where their voices can be heard,” said Frederick Newell, Executive Director of the Dream Center.

The Dream Center works to strengthen and empower families, with a particular focus on fathers and youth, through support, advocacy, lifelong education, and community connections.

For more information about the Black History Living Museum, visit  

Date of publication

Wednesday, February 17, 2016