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Great African Civilizations course begins April 26

Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities.

Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities.

MARSHALLTOWN – Who was the wealthiest man in the world? What is the source of the Wakanda story (Black Panther movie)? Join Iowa Valley Continuing Education’s Creative Retirement course, Africa’s Great Civilizations, for the answers to these questions and more!

Discover an extensive and fascinating history of Africa during this course. Africa’s Great Civilizations will be held on six Thursdays, April 26 to May 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center. The first session only will meet at the Iowa Valley Community College District Administration Building in the Board Room (3702 S. Center St. in Marshalltown).

You will enjoy Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in his new six-hour video series, Africa’s Great Civilizations. Gates takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. “This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history,” says course facilitator Rev. Walden Paige. “We will take a glimpse the origins of the African continent, including its art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations but also the wider world.”

Gates’ goal is to change the way people outside Africa thinks about the continent. Too often, he says, people conjure up images of poverty and disease because few know of the continent’s great empires, its powerful leaders, its art, and the trade routes that shaped Africa and beyond.

To register, call 641-752-4645 or go to using course CRT 1072.(1). Please register by Monday, April 23. Cost is $30, or $25 (save $5) for those who also join Creative Retirement.

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