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Civil Rights Film Screening and Discussion of The Abolitionists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:21

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (630 - 7th Avenue, Rock Island) will host a three part screening and discussion of the 2013 American Experience documentary The Abolitionists.  The center’s Director, Reverend Dwight Ford will lead the discussions on three consecutive Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.: Part 1 on April 15th, Part 2 on April 22nd, and Part 3 on April 29th.  This documentary is one of four films featured in the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film series. These events are free and no registration is required.

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Reverend Dwight Ford has served as Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center since 2012.  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in business management from Western Illinois University.  He also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994, serving in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, and received several medals during his service.  He grew up in Rock Island and has been a featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service and Awards Celebration.

 

Created Equal is presented as part of the six-week series Created Equal and Changing America, which explores our nation’s civil rights history through film, exhibition, and presentations.  More information can be found online at molinelibrary.com/createdequal, by visiting the library at 3210 - 41st Street, or by calling 309-524-2470.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Local support for Created Equal and Changing America has been provided by Friends of the Moline Public Library, WQPT, and The Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus/QCOnline.

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Rivermont Collegiate Annual Auction and Dinner Under the Big Top PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marrieta   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:14

Saturday, May 3rd – 6:00 p.m.

Rivermont campus – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Join us under the big top! Rivermont Collegiate will host their annual auction and dinner on Saturday, May 3rd to benefit the Quad City school. The event will be held on the Rivermont campus, located at 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf. Cocktails and silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner catered by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available individually at $100 per person or by the table of 8 for $700. This event is open to the entire Quad City community. For tickets or more information, contact Rod Ossowski, Director of Development, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 314.

The event benefits all aspects of a Rivermont education, including academics, technology, fine arts, athletics, and facilities. Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities’ only private college preparatory school for preschool through 12th grade, with students from 19 zip codes across the greater Quad Cities.

 
April 10th. 2014 " Earth Changes: Building on time cycles prophecy " by Michael Rosenthal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:42
Earth Changes:  Building on time cycles prophecy.
A discussion of some of the current and potential earth changes being tracked by a multitude of internet observers and a brief review of some time cycles theory.
Michael Rosenthal is an Independent Scholar. He has completed extensive graduate work in philosophy, religion, and psychology from the University of Iowa and in his independent study.
Independent Scholars' Evenings :
Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m.
We continue to meet on the 2nd. Floor of the Moline Commercial Club.
The event is free and open to all.
Light snacks and wine, and beverages are provided.
A cash bar is available.
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The Independent Scholars evenings are sponsored by The Institute for Cultural & Healing Traditions, Ltd. A 501(c)3 organization under US laws since 1996.
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Civil Rights Film Series Continues with Slavery by Another Name PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:08

The Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film screening and discussion series continues with the presentation of the 2012 documentary Slavery by Another Name on Monday, April 14th, 6:00 p.m. at the Moline Public Library (3210 - 41st Street).  Augustana College’s Dr. Christopher Whitt will lead the discussion.  This event is free and no registration is required.

It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. Christina Comer, who discovered how her family profited from the system, says that “the story is important no matter how painful the reality is.”

A professor in the political science department of Augustana College since 2007, Dr. Christopher Whitt is one of the principal founders and contributing members of the school’s Africana Studies program.  He received his M.A. and PhD from the University of Maryland, where he researched the impact of the racial wealth gap on Black political participation.  He currently teaches the course “Race, Wealth, and Inequality in American Politics” as well as courses on United States government, politics, and citizenship.

Created Equal is presented as part of the six-week series Created Equal and Changing America, which explores our nation’s civil rights history through film, exhibition, and presentations.  More information can be found online at molinelibrary.com/createdequal, by visiting the library at 3210 - 41st Street, or by calling 309-524-2470.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Local support for Created Equal and Changing America has been provided by Friends of the Moline Public Library, WQPT, and The Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus/QCOnline.

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Friends of Vander Veer Plant Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:54

The Friends of Vander Veer annual Plant Sale features hundreds of plants with a wide selection of annuals, perennials, and tropicals. An outstanding selection will be available, along with experts on hand to help the public pick the perfect plants for their yards. Proceeds from this sale support Vander Veer Botanical Park.

Friday, April 25th

3:00-6:30 p.m. (Friends Members-Only Preview Sale)

Become a Member and get first pick of the outstanding plant selection

Saturday, April 26th

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Public Sale)

Sunday, April 27th

10:00-2:00 p.m. (Public Sale)

Friends of Vander Veer website

 

FRIENDS POTTING PARTY

Learn more about Container Planting through The Friends' Potting Party!

Thursday, April 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm

Class Fee $5 plus plant and soil costs; Register by calling 563-323-3298

Join plant expert Paula Witt and learn how to plant stunning containers. Bring your own container - our experts will help you choose from a great selection of plants available for purchase. Bring your own soil or purchase bag soil at cost.

The Friends of Vander Veer is a non-profit organization that supports beauty, education, and restoration at Vander Veer Botanical Park. Plant Sale Sponsors include Davenport Parks and Recreation, Davenport Public Works, and The Green Thumbers.



VANDER VEER SPRING FLOWER DISPLAY

Get rid of those winter blahs at Vander Veer Conservatory. Our spring flowers are in full bloom. Open 10am - 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Monday). Admission is free on Tuesdays, and only $1.00 the rest of the week.

Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory, 215 West Central Park in Davenport.

 
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