The Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans (ICSAA) is a state agency that exists to address the needs and concerns of Iowa's African-American citizens. Since it was established by the Iowa Legislature in 1989, the ICSAA has been a division of the Department of Human Rights and serves as an advocate for African-Americans in Iowa.
The ICSAA is composed of seven citizens representing different regions of the state. Each is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate. The office is administered by the executive officer. The Director of the Department of Human Rights serves ex officio.
ICSAA Quarterly Commission Meeting Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:00 AM Lucas State Office Building, Room 424 321 East 12th Street Des Moines, Iowa
Everyone is welcome to attend. Anyone needing special accomodations should contact the office at 515-281-3274 or 1-800-351-4659
January 16, 2012
23rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State of Iowa Celebration Iowa Historical Building 600 East Grand Des Moines, Iowa 10:45 AM
The Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans is accepting nominations for the following awards in 2012:
1. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award - recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Dr. Kings' vision, helping others, cultural awareness, diversity, active community participation and promoting racial equality of all people in Iowa. 2. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project Award - recognizes individuals and/or organizations who are/have participated in a service project that has strengthened their Iowa community, such as mentoring, reading to children at community centers or shelters, restoring schools, building playgrounds, and organizing neighborhood watches, etc.
Nomination forms must be postmarked by December 4, 2011.
The awards will be presented at the 23rd Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January 2012.
If you have any questions, please call the division office at 515-281-7283 or 800-351-4659.
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