Events

Events Calendar

Event History

The Academy hosts an annual Tribute and fundraising event. Since 2007, The Academy has invited the community to enjoy dinner, a silent auction, and to honor an African American community member whose contributions have supported Academy principles.

  • 1989

    The Academy begins

    The Academy begins
  • 1990 - 2006

    The Academy is housed at Kirkwood Community College

    The Academy is housed at Kirkwood Community College
  • 2002 - 2012

    Akwi Nji directs The Academy Summer Program

    Akwi Nji directs The Academy Summer Program
  • 2007

    First fundraiser "roasts" community icon Dr. Percy Harris

    First fundraiser
  • 2007

    The Academy expansion begins

    The Academy expansion begins
  • 2008

    The flood forces The Academy to relocate to Washington High School

  • 2008

    Honoree: Carter Bradshaw (Posthumously)

    Honoree: Carter Bradshaw (Posthumously)
  • 2009

    The Academy relocates to Mount Mercy University

  • 2009

    Honoree: Tom Moore

    Honoree: Tom Moore
  • 2010

    Honoree: Pearl Gill

    Honoree: Pearl Gill
  • 2011

    Honoree: Lileah Harris

    Honoree: Lileah Harris
  • 2012

    The Academy becomes a 501c3 non-profit agency

  • 2012 - 2015

    Carole Bernard becomes director

  • 2012

    Honoree: Slayton Thompson

    Honoree: Slayton Thompson
  • 2013

    Honoree: Rodrick Dooley​

    Honoree: Rodrick Dooley​
  • 2014

    The Academy celebrates 25 years and honors four Academy alums whose lives emulate Academy principles

  • 2014

    Honorees: Shamara Humbles, Todd Bernard, Chante' Thurmond, Karl Cassell

    Honorees: Shamara Humbles, Todd Bernard, Chante' Thurmond, Karl Cassell
  • 2015 - Present

    Eric Thompson becomes director

    Eric Thompson becomes director
  • 2015

    Honorees: Stefanie Bowers & Jason Edwards

    Honorees: Stefanie Bowers & Jason Edwards
  • 2016

    Honorees: Akwi Nji & Daniel Pledge-Johnson

    Honorees: Akwi Nji & Daniel Pledge-Johnson
  • 2017

    Honorees: LaSheila Yates, Anthony Arrington, Dr. Vincent Reid (Dr. Percy Harris Fellowship Award)

    Honorees: LaSheila Yates, Anthony Arrington, Dr. Vincent Reid (Dr. Percy Harris Fellowship Award)
  • 1989 - Present

    Travel to places rich in African American History is an integral part of our programming

    Travel to places rich in African American History is an integral part of our programming

July 2020

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  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
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  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
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  • Iowa City Jazz Festival
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  • Unveiling the Mask of Racism as It Relates to Mental Health - Free Webinar
  • So You Want to do ABAR (Anti-Racist/Anti-Bias) Work?
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  • All of Us. Together. Part One: Combating Racism - Free Virtual Event
  • Policing Without the Police: Race, Technology and the New Jim Code
  • The Legacy and Power of Audre Lorde - Free Virtual Event
  • For the Culture Trivia: Home Edition - Free Virtual Event
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  • Activating Black Artists & Allies for Racial Justice Free Virtual Event
  • 1619 Project Series: (Topic TBA)
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  • Who Was? A Story Time - Venus and Serena Williams
  • COTAD Ignite Series - The Value of Voices: Interdisciplinary Perspectives - Free Virtual Event
  • Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman | QUEENS OF THE RESISTANCE w/ Tamika Mallory - Free Virtual Event
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  • Cultural Equity Learning Community
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  • Building Racial Stamina
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  • Understanding the Roots of Racism - A Free Four-Part Series
  • Netflix Watch Party: 13th - Free Virtual Event
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  • The Black Student Experience: PWI Edition - Free Virtual Event
  • Jazz in Historical Context – Discussion and Performance - Free Virtual Event
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  • Is This The Moment? A Conversation With Resmaa Menakem & Dr. Robin DiAngelo
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  • Seeing The Racial Water: A Virtual Half Day With Dr. Robin DiAngelo
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  • Tools for AntiRacist Teaching:Deepening Your Understanding of Race & Racism - Free Virtual Event
  • Building Racial Stamina
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  • White Urgency is Violence:A lecture by EbonyJanice
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  • StudentBuild Summit 2020 - Free Virtual Event
  • Race, Integration, and the Future of America - Free Virtual Event
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  • StudentBuild Summit 2020 - Free Virtual Event
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  • Reclaiming our Birthright: An Embodied Gathering for Black Men ( PART 1)
  • StudentBuild Summit 2020 - Free Virtual Event
  • Free HBCU Facebook Live Back to School College Fair
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  • Monthly Board Meeting
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  • Building Racial Stamina
  • A Black & British History: the Jamaican slaves who... - Free Virtual Event
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  • Iowa Soul & Blues Festival