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Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate along with civic and social residency CONSTELLATIONS will host an exhibition by internationally renowned street artist Gonzalo Borondo. “Voices of the World” features Borondo works originally created and exhibited on the windows of the historic Atlanta Daily World Building at 145 Auburn Avenue during the 2014 Living Walls Conference, and speaks to the benefit of dialogue between our past and our future. These works are on display in the lobby of the Auburn Avenue Research Library Auditorium. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence
Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars Photographic Exhibition  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars by renowned photographer Susan J. "Sue" Ross. Spanning three decades, Sue Ross has assembled an affecting pictorial survey of major scholars, novelists, poets, and playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Placing the viewer intimately close to these academic and literary sheroes, these arresting photographs are paired with fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, and meditations on the civic importance of writing. The NCNW is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Brotherman Revelation "Unleashing the Black Imagination” 
Fine Art Exhibition by Dawud Anyabwile 
Thursday, August 24. to Saturday, September 23.
Exhibition Artist Talk, Saturday, September 23. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Big City Entertainment, will host Brotherman: Revelation “Unleashing the Black Imagination” by renowned artist Dawud Anyabwile, the creator and illustrator of the Brotherman graphic novel series. This immersive exhibition is the multidimensional manifestation of the alternative black mythology and cultural symbolism that anchors the Big City comic universe. This exhibition also celebrates the release of the long awaited graphic novel, Brotherman Revelation, a story that reaches back through the generations to set the foundation for the future.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
#BlackGirlMagic and the World of STEAM
A Journey with Comic Book Superhero 
Moon Girl  (aka Lunella Lafayette)
Community Discussion
Saturday, September 23. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library’s Academic Outreach Coordinator and Scholar in Residence, Grace Gibson, will facilitate #Blackgirlmagic and the World of STEAM: A Journey with Comic Book Superhero Moon Girl (aka Lunella Lafayette). This community lecture will explore the use black popular culture to create culturally relevant educational access points into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) disciplines.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta 
 Creative Placemaking Events and Workshops
Thursday, September 28 to Sunday October 1. 
In collaboration with Alternate ROOTS, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta, presented in partnership with C4 Atlanta, WonderRoot and The Arts Exchange. ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta is a three day event featuring a dynamic series of performances and workshops; and will showcase visual arts, centered on creative placemaking and developing creative solutions to long-standing issues related to gentrification and displacement. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta
Creating Place: The Art of Equitable Community Building
Creative Placemaking Events and Workshops
Thursday, September 28. - Sunday, October 1.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Alternate Roots, the Arts Exchange, C4 Atlanta, and WonderRoot will host the 2017 ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta, Creating Place: The Art of Equitable Community Building. This three-day gathering of workshops, and dialogues, will bring artists and cultural workers together to build community, and encourage social change. For Additional information about the ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta and schedule of events at https://alternateroots.org/roots-weekend-atlanta/ This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
A3C Action Summit
Embrace Art, Music and Hip-Hop Culture to Advance Social Justice and Civic Engagement
Community Forum
Thursday, Oct 5. - Friday, Oct 6. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with A3C will host the 2017 A3C Action Summit.This two day summit will serve as a community platform for activists, academics and artists to explore contemporary social justice issues through engagement with community leaders resulting in the development of actionable initiatives. Additional information about the A3C Action Summit and schedule of events at http://www.a3cfestival.com/action-summit. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Contested Bodies Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica by Dr. Sasha Turner 
Community Lecture 
Sunday, Oct 8. 3:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with The Baton Foundation will host Dr. Sasha Turner, Associate Professor of History Quinnipiac University, who will discuss her latest publication, Contested Bodies Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Atlanta Radical Book Fair
Books, History, Art, & Revolution
Literary event  
Saturday, October 14. 12:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with On Our Own Authority! Publishing, and the African American Studies Department at Georgia State University, will host the 2017 Atlanta Radical Book Fair. This fair is a literary gathering of radical writers, publishers, artists, activists, and community organizations from across the American South and beyond, whose work gives voice to marginalized communities and disenfranchised people of color. This event will include panel discussions, exploring themes such as the Black radical tradition, anti-racism, mass incarceration, queer resistance, and the role of visual art in social action. The day will also be highlighted by a literary market featuring progressive and radical books, magazines, and alternative media. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson 
Community Lecture 
Wednesday, Oct 25. 7:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University's Alonzo A. Crim Center will host Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Maurice J. Hobson who will discuss his latest publication, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
Atlanta We Read: A Fly Girl Literary Mixer
Saturday, October 28. 3:00 p.m. 
Literary Panel Discussion
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) will host, Atlanta We Read: A Fly Girl Literary Mixer. Connect with some of today’s hottest female writers as they speak on writing and relationships. Moderated by Talia O. of The Shade Room this event features national bestselling authors Tamika Newhouse, Myss Shan, New York Times Bestselling author Mary B. Morrison, and newcomer Legendary LaQuita. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Flesh of History across Borders and Boundaries
Community Lecture and Performance 
Thursday November 02. 6:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will host author, journalist, and filmmaker Fabienne Kanor, who will explore thru performance art and conversation, the psychological and physical trauma encompassed in the commodification of black bodies. This event will be moderated by Dr. Gladys Francis. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.   
 
The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited
A Celebration of African American Philanthropy 
Saturday, November 04. – Sunday, January 21.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Soul of Philanthropy (TSOP) a groundbreaking art exhibition dedicated to the sharing the traditions of African American philanthropy in the United States. This comprehensive multimedia exhibition has been brought to the Atlanta by presenting sponsor: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, in partnership with Hammonds House Museum. Local support has also come from African American Development Officers, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Wells Fargo, and State Farm. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Talking Black in America
Film Screening
Sunday, November 05. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host a screening of the documentary film Talking Black in America. Drawing from the perspectives of everyday speakers and the guidance of historians, linguists, and educators, Talking Black in America showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and highlights its tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States. The documentary addresses the persistent misinformation about African American speech and situates it as an integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of all Americans. This event will include a post screening discussion with Poet / Musician Derrick ABYSS Graham, Music Producer DJ Nabs, and Linguist Tracey Weldon, Associate Producer of Talking Black in America. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
 
 
 

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