The Iowa City Senior Center will be hosting numerous events that celebrate Black History Month, throughout all of February and into early March.  

Traveling Exhibit: Products of a Creative Mind

Feb. 1 - 29, 2020 in The Center Lobby

Get to know African American inventors and innovators who have impacted the way we eat, move, live, and stay healthy. This traveling exhibit, courtesy of the African American Museum of Iowa, will be on display in The Center lobby throughout the month of February.

Humanities Iowa Program: Beyond Race, Celebrating the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and Iowa's African American History
2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Assembly Room

Two hundred years ago, Congress passed legislation known as the Missouri Compromise. This program created by Humanities Iowa Speaker’s Bureau member, Hal Chase, will focus on the impact of the Missouri Compromise on Iowa’s African-American History. This program is presented in partnership with Humanities Iowa.

Iowa City in the Civil War

1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in room 202

When the call for war came in 1861, Iowans overwhelmingly agreed to serve as soldiers and in other capacities. Two training camps were situated on the outskirts of Iowa City and one regiment was comprised of mostly Johnson County soldiers. Learn about what made Iowa unique among all of the states, both Union and Confederate, and how its troops served the Union cause.

From the Civil Rights Movement to Iowa City

3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Assembly Room

Retired UI theatre professor Tisch Jones will give a talk tracing her personal journey as a Black girl coming to Iowa City in 1964, the year of the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Her presentation is based on a chapter from her memoir in progress, titled I'm No Accident. In the national struggle for civil rights, Tisch was arrested seven times, and this experience helped shape her commitment to theatre for social justice.

A Tale of Despair in Africa, 1885-1960 and Beyond

3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in room 202

In the late 19th century, there was a "Scramble for Africa," in which European nations "divided up" various regions of Africa for occupation and exploitation. This presentation will explore the history of the Congo and its colonization by Belgium, telling a tale of great woe and pillage that has ramifications to this day.

The Underground Railroad in Iowa and Iowa City

3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in room 202

Many brave individuals, both the oppressed and those who helped, found their way across Iowa in escape from slavery to freedom in the movement known as the Underground Railroad. Iowa's role in this effort, with information connected to Iowa City, will be explored by presenter Tom Schulein.

Humanities Iowa Program: Human Rights in the Everyday

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in the Assembly Room

Drake University Political Science Professor Debra L. DeLaet will discuss how human rights, and the fight to bring the same rights to everyone in the world, is something we all engage with every day. The talk seeks to broaden the vision of what constitutes human rights and social justice. This program is presented in partnership with Humanities Iowa.

Date of publication

Friday, January 31, 2020