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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release December 18, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

WHTC explores African American history in Iowa

African American Museum of Iowa’s lecture series continues Sunday

(COUNCIL BLUFFS) – The Western Historic Trails Center will explore African American history in Iowa Sunday as part of a lecture series presented by the African American Museum of Iowa.

Dr. Eric L. Johnson will discuss Kwanzaa at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at WHTC, 3434 Richard Downing Avenue in Council Bluffs. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 712-366-4900 for more information.

Johnson is director of the Urban Education Program in the School of Education at Drake University. He has earned four undergraduate and three graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University.

He worked in public schools for eight years in administrative roles and as a classroom teacher in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, he has conducted seminars in the United States, Russia, China, Canada, Africa and Central America.

The lecture is part of the African American Museum of Iowa’s “Experiencing Black Iowa” lecture series, which is designed to engage southwestern Iowa in the heritage of African American history in Iowa. The lecture series is supported by the Iowa West Foundation.

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