Gems of the CollectionPOEMS web

Rare Book Collection:
Wheatley, Phyllis.
Poems on various subjects, religious and moral, 1773.

       Reference and Research Division
 

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Featured Reference Collection Item:  

Jet Magazine was a weekly publication, founded in 1951 by the Johnson Publishing Co. in Chicago, Illinois. The Auburn Avenue Research Library holds issues from 1970 to 2008, please contact Reference for information on available issues.

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This week in Jet (Feb 3, 1972): Coretta Scott King and children (Dexter, Martin III, Yolanda, and Bernice) are on the cover of Jet. Featured inside are memories of Martin Luther King Jr. and how his family plans to continue his legacy.

 

Dexter King states “I would like for people to remember my daddy. He was a good daddy. I like the holiday idea (of designating January 15 a holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)”

 

 

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MAMA AFRICA! HOW MIRIAM MAKEBA SPREAD HOPE WITH HER SONG

 

Children's Gallery Exhibit

JANUARY 28, 2019 - MARCH 31, 2019

 

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum, is hosting Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award-winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer. 

These vivid paintings pulsing with color, movement, and emotion creating a driving visual narrative that alight on significant events, in the life of Miriam Makeba, such as her flight from her homeland in disguise, her powerful testimony at the United Nations, the horrific Soweto killings, and Nelson Mandela’s release from jail, ending with the singer’s triumphant return home after apartheid is ended.

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat injustice.

Charly Palmer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist who studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. Mama Africa! is his first picture book.

 


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Documenting African American Education:  The Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Digital Library of Georgia NHPRC Digitization Project

  

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                AARL Collection Focus

In 2010 the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL), a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS), and the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) received funds from the National Historical Papers and Records Commission (NHPRC) to digitize and make Web-accessible late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century manuscript collections that document the historical development of education for African Americans, primarily in the South, from the early 1860s to the early 1950s. The eleven collections digitized for this grant are accessible via our AARL Finding Aids webpage. The collections include: Atlanta University Collection, Adam Knight Spence and John Wesley Work Collection, Samuel Archer Collection, Sanford Lee Papers, Auburn Branch Library Records, Annie L. McPheeters Papers, Helen Adele Johnson Whiting Papers, Peyton Austin Allen Papers, James Frank Harrison Family Collection, Selena Sloan Butler Family Papers and the William B. Matthews Papers.

 


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