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The Silver Lens: Sistagraphy Celebrates Arts and Activism
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018
In recognition of Sistagraphy’s 25th anniversary, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Silver Lens: Sistagraphy Celebrates Arts and Activism. Sistagraphy is collective of African-American Women Photographers that give emerging and established photographers opportunities to exhibit their photography through local and national venues and to make a positive difference in the lives of the artists and the community it serves. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Activism in Sports 
Community Discussion
10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16th.
The John Lewis Fellowship | Humanity in Action Program, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Activism in Sports. In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., Humanity in Action brings together a group of 30 American and European university students for an intensive program about diversity and Civil Rights in America. This community discussion will be moderated by Mawuli Davis, and will examine the history and contemporary relevance of social activism in sports in the United States. This event will also feature "The Kennesaw Five", Kennesaw State University (KSU) cheerleaders who kneeled in protest during the playing of the National anthem at a KSU college football home game. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

A Dangerous Idea
Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream
6:00 P.M. Monday, JULY 16.
The John Lewis Fellowship | Humanity in Action Program, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of the documentary, A Dangerous Idea. This film is a radical reassessment of the meaning, use, and misuse of gene science to disenfranchise women and people of color and provide a rationale for inhumane state-sanctioned crimes against the Nation's most vulnerable. populations. Like no other film before it, this documentary brings to light how false scientific claims have rolled back long fought for gains, and how powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to unravel the American Dream. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

African Ancestry Experience
Community Lecture
7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with ATL PBS and WABE FM 90.1 will host Dr. Gina Paige, founder of AfricanAncestry.com. Dr. Paige will discuss how people of African descent can trace their maternal and paternal lineages back to a specific present-day African country and ethnic group using the power of DNA and the most comprehensive database of indigenous African genetic sequences in existence. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Poetic Justice
Film Screening
3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the romantic drama Poetic Justice written and directed by John Singleton, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will host a screening of this cinematic classic. Starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, this street-smart love story follows a mismatched pair pushed together on a road trip from South Central L.A. to the city of Oakland. The film features poetic works by Maya Angelou, and an appearance by the music and poetry group The Last Poets. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

The Stolen Girls of the Leesburg Stockade 
Stage reading and Community Dialogue
6:00 p.m. Friday, July 27.
The John Lewis Fellowship | Humanity in Action Program, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a staged reading of the viBeStages original show Through our Eyes: A Black Girl's Perspective - THE STOLEN GIRLS OF THE LEESBURG STOCKADE. This powerful work is an intimate exploration into the unjust incarceration of African-American teenage girls at the Leesburg, Georgia Stockade. These young activists who would become known as the "Stolen Girls" were arrested in the summer of 1963 for protesting racial segregation in Americus, Georgia. This event will include Dr. Shirley Green-Reese, who at 14, was arrested and taken to the Leesburg, Georgia Stockade. viBe Theater Experience (viBe) works to empower underserved teenage girls to write and perform original theater, about the real-life issues they face daily.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Maynard Holbrok Jackson, Jr: Reflections on his Legacy
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
The John Lewis Fellowship | Humanity in Action Program, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of the documentary Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.: Reflections on his Legacy. Join us after the showing for a community discussion about the film. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

 

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