Black History Month Events for Kids and Families in the Iowa City Area

February is Black History Month. Several Iowa City based organizations and institutions are offering events, screenings, and series to educate the community about the important history of Black Americans.

Below is a round up of Black History Month events for families and kids in the Iowa City area.

Graphic: Black History Month Events for Kids and Families in the Iowa City area


Black History Month Events for Families and Kids in the Iowa City Area

Black History Themed Library Kits

The North Liberty Public Library is offering activity kits that highlight the life and work of Black artist Alma Thomas.

Date: Registration begins Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2021
Location: Your home
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Who Was? – A Story Time For Children

Each Month the African American Museum of Iowa explores the story of a different African American or group of African Americans and their achievements.

Date: Feb. 13, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Online from the African American Museum of Iowa
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Black History Month Mini-Storytime

These Iowa City Public Library storytimes will focus on stories of achievements, perseverance, courage and talent that make up history of African Americans.

Dates: Feb. 15-19, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Online from Iowa City Public Library
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Play & Learn with the African American Museum of Iowa

While all Iowa Children’s Museum exhibits will be open, this special Black History themed play session will be centered around traveling exhibits provided by the African-American Museum of Iowa.

Date: Feb. 17, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Location: Iowa Children’s Museum
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Black Athletes Then and Now: Jackie Robinson Movie Discussion and UI Athletic Sports Panel

Watch the film at your leisure and join the a discussion. Registration for the discussion is required. A panel of athletes from the University of Iowa will share their experiences and answer your questions. Registrants who attend this program will also be eligible for a 10-punch swim pass through Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

Date: Feb. 18, 2021
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Online from the Iowa City Public Library/City of Iowa City
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Totally Tweens: Alma Thomas Color Field Painting

Those who register for this ICPL program will receive supplies so that they may create a painting of their own in the style of Alma Thomas’ best known works.

Date: Feb. 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Online from the Iowa City Public Library
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More events are listed on the Iowa City Public Library Black History Month events. The City of Iowa City is also offering Black History events for seniors and a lecture on Climate Action and Communities of Color.

Related: Check out Iowa City Moms’ Guide to Black Owned Businesses! Support our local Black business community.


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Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.

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