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Date:
February 25, 2019
Time:
7:00 PM
Location:
Muscatine Community College
Address:
152 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
Cost:
Free
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Alexander Clark Lecture Series: The Legacy of Alexander Clark and Black Activism in Iowa

Monday, February 25, 2019

Alexander Clark Lecture Series: The Legacy of Alexander Clark and Black Activism in Iowa Presenter: Dwain Coleman, University of Iowa Teaching Assistant Black people have lived in Iowa since before the organization of the territory. Even so, the first legislatures of Iowa enacted “black laws” and “exclusionary acts” to deny black people citizenship rights and restrict black migration. Black activists like Alexander Clark and many others fought back against these discriminatory laws by organizing state Colored Conventions, petitioning the state legislature, appealing to the courts, creating vibrant communities, and utilizing the political capital accrued through black military service. Through the efforts of Clark and many others, the state legislature repealed these discriminatory laws and awarded citizenship rights to black Iowans. This event is made possible by the Alexander Clark Lecture Series Committee.