23rd ANNUAL VIRTUAL CELEBRATION DAY

FREE ADMISSION!

Saturday 2/27/21, 10AM–4:30PM

“We gather to honor a culture rich with pride, hope, resilience and joy.
We gather to honor those who have toiled and paved the way and those that now push powerfully forward. We gather to lift spirits and touch hearts. We gather to remember, to share, and to educate. We have made our world in Iowa and we gather to celebrate.”
—Betty C. Andrews, IMMAWII Executive Director

LIVE AND IN YOUR LIVING ROOM!

 

Rising to the challenge presented by a pandemic, our virtual Celebration Day includes art, performances, cultural workshops, history and educational exhibits, community vendors and more!

SHOW-STOPPING HEADLINERS!

Actor and producer CHRISTIAN KEYES headlines the 2021 festival, along with entrepreneur/social media lifestyle influencer NIKKI BOYD and NYC-based African storytelling troupe YOUR QUEENS. For more about the headliners of this year’s virtual festival, click here.

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE

Witness the premiere of A NEW VIDEO SERIES, entitled It Is My Right: Stories of African American Civil Rights in Iowa. Led by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and hosted by Betty Andrews, this docuseries this project documents oral histories and unsung Black difference-makers from throughout Iowa. It is comprised of seven segments about activism, education, employment, housing, legal history, politics and government, and social life. Read more here.

ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES & PRIZES!

PRIZES FOR EARLY BIRDS! The festival starts at 10 AM with time to get registered and familiarize your self with the virtual platform. At 10:30 AM we really get things moving with the Morning Pump Up, in conjunction with the IMMAWII Wellness Experience. Iowa fitness pros Zakiya English of Grace Fitness, Jerimiah Wright of Get it Wright Fitness, and Stephanie KantStopZumba Claytor are here to pump up your day!

FEATURED IOWA PERFORMERS

ISISERETTES DRUM & DRILL CORPS

LIZ SHARP

BRAZILLIAN 2WINS

RAMONDA BELCHER

SAY WHAT POETRY

ALL THE WAY LIVE

CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

African Americans & Tracing our Roots

Black Church: Then, Now and Next

Celebrity Chefs & Soul Food Makeovers

COVID-19, The Vaccine & The African American Community

Educating the Black Child

Entrepreneurship: Spotlight on Black Business in Iowa

Financial Fitness

Improving Health Risk Factors

Iowa’s African American Politicians

Mental Health

Movements Matter. Seeking Justice

Rediscovering Buxton: The Black Utopia of Iowa

Sports, Super Bowls & Social Justice

VIRTUAL EXHIBITORS, VENDORS & MORE!

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