Iowa's African-American Festival

IMMAWII Embracing Excellence Gala

The I’ll Make Me A World In Iowa Embracing Excellence Gala celebrates excellence in our community.

Please note that on January 12, 2017 I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa was notified that we had lost our gala sponsor, the University of Iowa, due to the state’s recent  cuts to higher education.  We regretfully announce  that the gala has been postponed until 2018.  We plan to celebrate bigger and better next year for our 20th Anniversary.   Heritage Legacy and Sponsor Appreciation Awards will be presented during Celebration Day at approximately 3 PM.

Our 2017 Heritage Legacy  Honorees:

Life Time Achievement Award

Karl A. Cassell, Cedar Ra pids, Iowa

EKD Youth Award

Khalil Adams, Des Moines

Outstanding Leading Organization/ Group

Evelyn K. Davis Center For Working Families



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