Events Listings

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Freedom in Congo Square
The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie
Fine Art Exhibition
The Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with GAS-ART GIFTS (Gregarious Art Statements), Little Bee Books, and Georgia State University, will host Freedom in Congo Square, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award winning artist R. Gregory Christie. This exhibition, made possible by the generous support of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation, showcases the original art created for the illustrated children’s book, Freedom in Congo Square. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford, creating a powerful exploration into the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, as they struggle to preserve their dignity and African heritage. This exhibition is on display in the Children's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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 event 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
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
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 program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair
Fine Art Exhibition by Shanequa Gay
Friday, April 21, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017
Artist Talk Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum will host Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair by Shanequa Gay. Inspired by poet Bill Harris’ Birth of a Notion, with underpinnings in Africana Womanist ideology, this multimedia installation is an eloquent fusion of flawless fine art and fierce social commentary. Serving as both a poetic clarion call to the Black community, and solemn invocation for ancestral intercession. Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair demands the reclamation of authentic Black culture as an instrument of healing and unity. This exhibition is curated by Tracy Murrell, will be presented in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
 
 
Lessons of Joy, Unbridled Wonders of Black 
Happiness Throughout the Decades
Fine Art Exhibition by K. Joy Ballard Peters
Sunday, June 25. 2017 to Sunday August, 12, 2017
K. Joy Peters will facilitate an artist talk 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 25. 2017.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will present Lessons of Joy, Unbridled Wonders of Black Happiness Throughout the Decades by renowned artist and educator K. Joy Ballard Peters. An emotionally vibrant retrospective of a Master virtuoso, Lessons of Joy, is an ebullient visual celebration of lived Africana experiences that foreground expressions of communal happiness. Rooted in flawlessly executed Beardenesque collage techniques, Peters births, extraordinary transcendent appliqués that manifest the spiritual essence and unbridled wonders of Black jubilation. This exhibition will be presented in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Summer of Gods: Understanding Ifa
Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, June 1. 7:00 p.m.  
In collaboration with Oloshas United ATL, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, and DiverCity, a local group that promotes multicultural events, will host a screening of the short film, The Summer of Gods. Written and directed by Eliciana Nascimento, The Summer of Gods is an intergenerational allegory focused on the beauty and preservation of Ifa, the indigenous, West Africa spiritual tradition, as practiced in Brazil. This screening will be followed by Understanding Ifa, a community dialogue and panel discussion facilitated by local Atlanta Ifa practitioners. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
AYA Educational Institute's 
Family-Lore Project Conference
Saturday, June 3. 9:00 a.m. 
In collaboration with the AYA Educational Institute, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host the Family-Lore Project (FLP) Conference (2017). Rooted in the renowned pioneering scholarship of theoretical psychologist, Dr. Amos N. Wilson and educational psychologist Dr. Nana Baffour Amankwatia II (Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III) the AYA Educational Institute’s Family-Lore Project (FLP) Conference explores how African centered curriculums and cultural conscious teaching can heal the psychological effects of systemic multi-generational alienation, and lead to authentic academic achievement for black students. This event will include student Family Lore Project presentations with communal post-presentation analyses and reflection. AYA Educational Institute staff will also facilitate instruction on how the Family-Lore Project can be integrated into other formal and non-formal educational settings.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.    
  
Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights
Musical Performance
Saturday June 03. 4:00 p.m. 
In recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month, and in collaboration with the Virgin Island Association of Georgia (VIAG) the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights. The premier Quelbe band in the world, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights showcase the beautiful indigenous music of the Virgin Islands. Quelbe, also known as Scratch Band Music or Quadrille, is a grass-roots form of folk music which originated in the U.S. Virgin Islands preserving local culture and history. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South
Book Signing and Lecture
Sunday, June 4. 3 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Charis Books & More and Georgia State University, will host Dr. Regina Bradley, Assistant Professor, African American Literature at Armstrong State University, who will discuss her latest publication, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South. A poignant collection of twelve historical hip-hop infused short stories this work, deftly examines the intersectionality of racial identity, regional geography, and culture in the Post–Civil Rights era American South. Dr. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016). Her expertise and research interests include hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
 
Tales from the Stacks with Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia
Sunday, June 4.  3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, will host a storytelling event to kick off the Summer Reading Program. The Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia will share their favorite folktales from the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s collection of Africana children’s literature. Featured tellers will include Gwendolyn Napier, Akbar Imhotep, Chetter Galloway and Sensemaya the Storyteller.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Loving
Film Screening
Monday, June 12. 4:00 p.m.  
In recognition of Loving Day (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of the landmark film, Loving.  Loving Day honors the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia (June 12), that struck down all anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. This powerful historical drama celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
The Mahogany Masquerade
Black Cosplay at its Finest
Friday, June 16. 7:00 p.m.
Explore the fantastic world of contemporary Black Cosplay at the Mahogany Masquerade. This event will also serve as the kickoff for the 2017 NubiaOne Fest, a dynamic conference, featuring educational, entertaining and interactive panel discussions and workshops, all focused on the multimodal expressions of Afrofutures. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
NubiaOne Fest
The Next level of Black Speculative Fiction
Saturday, June 17. 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with NubiaOne, will host the 2017 NubiaOne Fest. Taking Black Speculative Fiction to the next level.
Festival Schedule
1:00pm-2:30pm
Black Heroes Matter: Black Craft and Consciousness in Comic Books
Join Black comic book creators, publishers, store owners and collectors as they discuss the existence, importance and power of Black imagery in comic books and graphic novels.
 
2:45pm-4:15pm
Black Women In Speculative Fiction
Black women have long played a significant role in Speculative Fiction – an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.
Join our sisters as they discuss the challenges and triumphs of Black women in today’s genre fiction market.
 
4:30pm-6:00pm
Afrofuturism and Afroretroism: Sword & Soul, Rococoa, Steamfunk, Dieselfunk, Cyberfunk and the Dark Universe
The untold stories of people of Afrikan descent has become a hot topic in the XYZ-punk, science fiction AND alternate history communities. How does this impact creators and their work in Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Science Fiction, Science Fantasy and Alternate History? What issues arise in moving toward a more diverse Afrofuturistic and retrofuturistic community?
 
6:15pm-7:45pm
Journey to Ki Khanga: A Sword and Soul Performance & Q&A
Authors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade and the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute bring you an exciting and original mashup of Afrikan heroic Fantasy, traditional Afrikan Martial Arts and traditional Afrikan Dance in this Sword and Soul stage performance, set in Davis’ and Ojetade’s created world of Ki Khanga!
This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Undoing the Miseducation of Black Children 
The Value of Culture and Heritage
Community Lecture
Sunday, June 18. 3:00 p.m.  
In recognition of Juneteenth (2017), The Baton Foundation, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Dr. Joyce E. King, Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University, who will present Undoing the Miseducation of Black Children: The Value of Culture and Heritage. This powerful community lecture will examine the critical importance of using Africana culture and heritage as the framework within which to educate Black children.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303.
 
EPI.PHONY: A Sound Realization by Okorie Johnson 
Musical Performance
Friday, June 23. 7:00 p.m. 
In recognition of Black Music Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host cellist and composer, Okorie Johnson, who will perform Epi.phony a concert series exploring a variety of musical styles. Each performance is part of a larger artistic vision, which includes solo-cello performance, looping, video, spoken-literature, and movement. The event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
13th
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Friday, June 30. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Bronze Lens Film Festival, will host a screening of Ava Duvernay’s extraordinary documentary, 13th. Titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery, except as punishment for a crime, this compelling film examines the intersectionality of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Community activist and attorney Mawuli Davis will facilitate a post screening panel discussion. Discussants include; Lee Reid Executive Director of Atlanta Citizen Review Board; Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director of Project South; Dr. Ward Churchill, Professor and Activist and Briana Jenkins, Project Manager with Forever Family, Inc. (Formerly AIM).This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 

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