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Living Museum Part Of Iowa City Black History Month Events

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

In celebration of Black History Month and to showcase the work of its youth performers, the Dream Center will present a living museum Saturday evening.

Frederick Newell, executive director of the Dream Center, said attendees will see prominent historical figures in black history brought to life by students in the center's Performance Arts Academy at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. This is the first event of its kind for the center, Newell said, and the hope is to make it an annual program.

"Our biggest thing that we wanted to come from this was an an opportunity to share some of the work our youth have been doing this past couple of months as far as learning about different historical figures of the past, as well as to be able to get the community to come together and support our youth," Newell said. "This is a way we can try to pull the community together to celebrate something positive."

Nikesha Jenkins, a program coordinator for the center who has been working with the performers, said she had the idea for the living museum last year, but wanted to make sure there was enough time to organize a memorable perfor