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Ethnic Studies Leadership Academy Graduation

Teach Truth in Iowa


  The Englert Theatre

Event Description

Ticket Options

$10 – General Admission (Community Member)
$10 – Sponsorship of Black Youth Ticket*
$10 – Black Graduating Student from Iowa***

*Sponsor a ticket for Black youth to attend and receive one banned book and access to the food truck.

***Black students in high school and college are welcome to participate in our recognition of their accomplishments during this community event!

General and program advertisement sponsorships are available. Click HERE to learn more.

Box Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
(319) 688-2653

Join Black Lives Matter at School – Iowa to celebrate teaching the truth!

Join us as we celebrate teaching the truth in Iowa at our Ethnic Studies Leadership Academy Graduation! Community members are welcome to donate or attend to celebrate with us!

Dr. Denisha Jones, J.D. will join us as our keynote speaker. She will discuss the power of teaching the truth in Johnson County and beyond.

We selected Johnson County as a historic site as it was named after Dr. Lulu Johnson, the first woman in the state to earn a PhD. Join us as we honor Dr. Johnson and the Black youth graduating from the Ethnic Studies Leadership Academy.

This event is one of the many events taking place across the country in June to honor #teachtruth.

During this event, we will celebrate teaching the truth and excellence in Black education inclusive of our Ethnic Studies Leadership Academy, Banned Books and HBCUs. Community members are welcome to attend to celebrate with us!

Dr. Denisha Jones, J.D. will join us as our keynote speaker. She will discuss the power of teaching the truth.

Denisha Jones, Ph.D., J.D. is the Director of the Art of Teaching Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a former kindergarten teacher and preschool director who spent the past 16 years in teacher education. Denisha is an education justice advocate and activist. She serves as the Co-Director for Defending the Early Years, Inc, and is the Assistant Executive Director for the Badass Teachers Association. Since 2017, she served on the steering committee for the national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. In 2020 she joined the organizing committee for Unite to Save Our Schools. Her first co-edited book, Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice, was published in December 2020 by Haymarket Books.

This event is part of the Zinn Education Project June 2022 Teach Truth Campaign. All proceeds will go towards ESLA programs to support youth.

Sponsors, ads, and shoutouts are welcome from supports, organizations and businesses. You can upload them HERE.

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