MLK and Black History Month Celebrations

Jan 17, 2019

Whether January and February are the months you celebrate Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, National Freedom Day, or Presidents Day, here at Iowa Public Radio, we’re celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month.

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. - Rosa Parks

Organizations and universities all across the state of Iowa are hosting events to celebrate the rich history of the nation’s African American community. Exhibitions, concerts, lectures, theater performances, festivals, and celebrations fill the months of January and February.

If you want to use your day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to serve your community, you can visit  and enter your city to find volunteer opportunities near you.

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celeste Bembry, College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences Recruitment & Retention Coordinator, and IPR’s Jacqueline Halbloom outline just a few of the many special events taking place in Iowa. Listen below or click on the links for more information on how to get involved this season.

Celeste Bembry
Credit Nell Walker
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. - Marcus Garvey

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman