“I Know Why the Caged Bird Reads”
Date + Time : 6/18 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. @ The Englert Theatre
“I Know Why the Caged Bird READS,” is the second iteration of the Reclamation workshop taught by Tameka Cage Conley (along with Derek Nnuro who will not be present), a Black M.F.A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. This event, will synthesize texts from both sides of the Atlantic to explore parts of Black identity that have been torn away from enslaved Africans throughout the diaspora. Participants will study their own losses and learn textual strategies for nurturing themselves in the afterlive(s) of enslavement for diasporic Africans, and colonization for continental Africans.
Tameka Cage Conley, PhD, is a literary artist who writes across genres. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Callaloo, African American Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Graduate Fellowship. She is the 2018-19 Provost Visiting Writer in Fiction at the University of Iowa. She is at work on her first novel.
“LinkedIn: To Break Every Chain”
Date + Time : 6/19 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. @ SugaPeach
Held at one of few Black-owned businesses in Johnson County, we will be having a Black and Brown Networking dinner at SugaPeach. This event is meant to connect Black and Brown people to possible employers, mentors, and local peers in their field. All are welcome to this event in order to provide as many resources as possible to emerging Black and Brown professionals. There will be activities to encourage mingling, however, participants are encouraged to be self-starters and introduce themselves. Business attire is encouraged, but not mandatory.
SugaPeach will have food available for purchase.
“No More Motherless Children”
Date + Time : 6/20 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
We invite the community to come out and learn about the many ways that African American women have had to other mother children in their families, neighborhoods and communities to shelter children from further harm, trauma and nurture them for their best lives’. If you have ever been mothered, mentored and encouraged by a woman of color, please come out and hear the stories of those other mothered and loved by others and their journeys, as well as those who had to other mother family member’s children.
Enjoy your family and friends! Rest up for tomorrow night!
Date + Time : 6/22 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. @ Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Coralville – Iowa City
The Trailblazers Awards recognize unsung hero recipients who stand up for civil rights and they serve to make our world a better place. They are promoting positive changes in our community, their workplaces and beyond. This is a formal attire event which will include social hour, featured program with keynote and entertainment, dinner and awards recognitions.
“Other-Mothering: It Takes a Village”
Date + Time : 6/23 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ Mercer Park
We are celebrating the 8th annual Iowa City Area Juneteenth commemoration with the theme being “Other-Mothering.”“Other-Mothering,” which can be understood as: The nurturing or fostering of children who are not biological offspring of the guardian.
Our Juneteenth commemoration will feature many activities for the entire community:
-Games for children
-Historical & contemporary information Juneteenth, Freedom, and Other-Mothering as it relates to Black Americans
– A Health & Wellness fair
– Free food & drinks (while supplies last)
– & much more!