(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA) – The African American Museum of Iowa is now accepting nominations for its 2018 History Makers Gala. The Museum will honor African American men and women currently living in Iowa who have “made history” in our state at the annual History Makers Gala. A selection committee will review all nominations and those selected as “History Makers” will be recognized during the Gala on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Request your electronic nomination packet from Museum Communications Associate, Alyssa Lesmeister, at alesmeister@blackiowa.org or download at our website at blackiowa.org/history-makers-gala. Completed packets are due byJanuary 31st, 2018. Hard copies can be requested and may be emailed, faxed(319-862-2105) or mailed to 55 12th Avenue, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.
A History Maker is an individual who, by their actions, modify the course of history; imparting knowledge and impacting the communities in which we live. Through their existence and influence, history is forever changed. Characteristics of a History Maker include Trailblazers: African Americans who initiated a first or showed innovation in their field and was instrumental in developing or enhancing a process that positively impacted the lives of Iowans.Change Agents: African Americans who have made an indelible mark on their community and who have changed the lives of people in their area forever. Legacy Makers: African Americans who have created a legacy or accomplished something that lives beyond them, or contributed to a legacy by passionately continuing an effort or participating in a movement; and Role Models: African Americans who are outstanding role models and someone whose character and accomplishments all people, regardless of race, age, or gender, can admire and emulate.
The Museum’s annual Gala brings in hundreds of statewide leaders and community members to celebrate not only the History Makers, but the continued strides of the African American Museum of Iowa to carry out its mission to preserve, exhibit, and teach the African American heritage of Iowa. 2018 is extremely special as the Museum also celebrates its 25th Anniversary with year-long programming showcasing its long-time presence in Iowa as a statewide resource.
The October 4th Gala has sponsorship opportunities available. Contact the Museum for additional information.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm and is located at 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.