African American/Black Community

African American/Black Community

About 4 percent of the Iowa City area's 77,000 residents are African American. Many African American students new to the area ask about faith communities and hair care. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located near campus, was founded in 1868. The congregation welcomes students and offers weekly services, Sunday school, bible study, and a choir. Several local businesses specialize in caring for African American hair.

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Iowa's African American Studies program was created in 1969 to foster awareness of the contributions of African Americans to the development of the United States. It offers a major and a minor. Iowa also offers a certificate in Critical Cultural Competence.