Across Black Iowa...

  • Des Moines: The 2nd Annual I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa celebration will be held Saturday, February 5, 2000 at the Iowa Historical Building. Sponsored by United Parcel Service, the program will include dancing, singing, music and free samples of soul food. Featured guests will include actor GregAlan Williams, dancer Chuck Davis, and storyteller Reanae McNeal.

  • Des Moines: The Connect Foundation, in conjunction with the Des Moines Black Ministerial Alliance will be holding the 5th Iowa African American Honors Banquet on Saturday, February 5, 2000. The banquet focuses on two priorities: 1) the Iowa African American Hall of Fame and 2) the Iowa African American History Month Essay Contest. The induction into the Hall of Fame and the Essay contest finalists will be recognized at the banquet. The Essay contest finalists will receive a medal and scholarship that may be used to purchase academic aids and supplies. For more information and/or assistance, please call 515-242-3841.

  • Cedar Rapids: “Facts That the Government and the Media Don’t Want You to Know,” a 32-page booklet published by The Creativity Movement, was distributed in a northeast Cedar Rapids neighborhood in October. The booklet includes anti-semitic and racist remarks which are the work of Matt Hale, the 28-year old leader of the World Church of the Creator. The booklets prompted complaints to police and the media. The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission drafted a statement denouncing the booklets. Commissioners urged people not to be silent about the materials. Louise Lorenz, commission director, indicated that the commission would consider sponsoring advertisements to counter the Hale material. Lorenz stated, “We are proud of our community and its diversity”.

  • Iowa City: Obiagele Lake, a black University of Iowa professor of anthropology, has filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for being denied tenure by the University. Lake alleges that the University’s actions were racist and cited evidence that other UI faculty members were promoted although they had fewer publications and student recommendations. Lake and her supporters have formed a group called The Collective Movement for Equality to help those who face racism and sexism. Twenty-seven black faculty are presently on the tenure track at the University, compared to more than 1355 whites. Faculty who obtain tenure are generally guaranteed a lifetime appointment.

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