In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month in February, Northeast Iowa Community College’s Peosta and Calmar campuses will host the traveling national True Black History Museum.

The museum is free and open to the community on these dates:

• NICC Peosta Campus
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Community Rooms 203 – 204

• NICC Calmar Campus
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Student Center, Library fireplace area

The traveling black history exhibits display artifacts dating from the late 1700s to the 21st century. The museum was established to preserve the history of African-American people and to educate the community about the many great contributions that African-Americans have made to mankind. The mission is to instill self-esteem and pride, and to increase knowledge, awareness, cultural sensitivity and understanding for the historic experience of African-Americans.

The collection takes visitors on a journey through the African-American experience, and is comprised of over 1,000 authentic artifacts, with original documents from historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, President Barack Obama and many other noteworthy African-Americans.
Fred Saffold, museum CEO, founder and curator, will provide periodic interactive lectures during the day and be available to answer questions.

“My lecture will be about the exhibit entitled, “A Tribute to the African American Journey.” I will take the audience on a journey through the African-American experience utilizing the artifacts in the exhibit: describing to the audience what they are looking at and reading, and why these artifacts have historic significance that impacts us all today,” Saffold explained.

The True Black History Museum visit to the College is sponsored by the NICC Diversity Council, said Kara Popp, council member and director of student life, diversity and leadership.

“We are thrilled to bring The True Black History Museum and Mr. Saffold to our campuses. What we like about the museum is that it is a ‘come and go’ event during the day, and the exhibits help community members and students learn things about African-American history they may not have known. Mr. Saffold will also be giving live, periodic presentations throughout the day to accommodate visitors and groups who attend,” Popp said.

Saffold is a decorated retired Lieutenant from the Detroit Police Department, where he was awarded the Police Medal of Valor and Purple Heart. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Wayne County Community District (Detroit, Mich.), teaching criminal justice and personal development courses.

He is a member of numerous local and national civic organizations, including the NAACP and the Urban League. He is a board member of the Michigan Chapter of Negro League Players, and serves on the board for the Dayspring Justice Center; a Detroit based civil rights organization focusing on racial justice. He is an advisory board member of the ACLU of Michigan, and serves as co-chairman for the ACLU’s School to Prison Pipeline (STPP) Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.

More information is available at trueblackhistory.com.