Invisible Hawkeyes - African American pathfinders & tastemakers, 1930-1970
The 2016 book Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa during the Long Civil Rights Era examines the highly-visible work of African American student artists and athletes that forced white students, instructors, and administrators to confront their undeniable intellect and talent.
By looking at the University of Iowa and a smaller midwestern college town like Iowa City, this book reveals how fraught moments of interracial collaboration, meritocratic advancement, and institutional insensitivity deepen our understanding of America's painful conversation into a diverse republic committed to racial equality.
This exhibit serves as a companion to the book by placing a spotlight on African American student work and achievements as documented in local sources. Items on display include original plays, musical compositions, poetry and prose, art, and artifacts of athletic accomplishment.
The Main Library Gallery is free of charge and open to the public. The Gallery is located in the Main Library, near the north entrance. Gallery hours:
9am – 6pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
9am – 8 pm Tuesday
10am – 5 pm Saturday
11am – 5pm Sunday