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Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Arts Exhibition

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, January 22. 2017

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 Chidren's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin

Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement 
Photographic Exhibition by Dr. Curtis Graves
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 2016
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum will host Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin: Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement photographic exhibition, by Dr. Curtis Graves. As a direct descendent of Africans enslaved on New Orleans’ Evergreen and Whitney Plantations, Dr. Graves artistically explores these spaces as sites of ancestral subjugation with a particular focus on the structures that housed enslaved Africans. Via a well-crafted minimalist photographic aesthetic, this exhibition forces the viewer to experience these plantations from the lived visual perspectives of the enslaved. By examining the intentional spatial trauma created by plantation architecture, Dr. Graves also encourages the viewer to consider the ongoing contemporary marginalization of the memory and history found at historic sites of Black suffering in the United States. This exhibition is on display in the Small Gallery (2nd Floor) at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Architecture Dreams and Jazz in Paint: The Art of Oscar Harris

Fine Arts Exhibition 

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and Creative Milieu, will host Architecture Dreams and Jazz in Paint: The Art of Oscar Harris. Eloquently curated by Tracy Murrell, this compelling exhibition is a vibrant exploration into the lifelong artistic evolution of Oscar Harris and the inseparable connection between his art, architecture and love of jazz. Oscar Harris is an accomplished artist and retired master architect, responsible for creating many iconic architectural structures in the city of Atlanta. Mr. Harris is also the author of Oscar: The Memoir of a Master Architect. Curator Tracy Murrell is an Atlanta-based visual artist, Curator for Hammonds House Museum and a consultant with the National Black Arts Festival. This exhibition is on display in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

CRITICAL DISCOURSE ON D.W. GRIFFITH’s THE BIRTH OF NATION

The Cinematic Roots of White Supremacy

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Sunday, October 02, 2016 • 2:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Beatrix Moss and Morehouse College, will host Cinematic Roots of White Supremacy, A Critical Discourse on D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, facilitated by Dr. Stephane Dunn, Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS) at Morehouse College. This event will include a screening of D.W. Griffith’s film, The Birth of a Nation, which laid the cinematic foundation for racist ideologies and white supremacy still present in contemporary American cinema and mainstream media. Dr. Dunn will facilitate a contextual presentation prior to the screening on the legacy of the film, examining its devastating impact on race relations, and its complex historical relevance as a visually dynamic beacon of racist propaganda and black subjugation in the United States. This is event will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition

National Lecture Series

Thursday, October 6, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Beatrix Moss, the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services at the American Library Association (ALA), The United Nations’ Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED will host The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition. This lecture, facilitated by Dr. Stephane Dunn, Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS) at Morehouse College, is part of the national lecture series and community-building initiative commemorating the 185th anniversary history-changing slave rebellion launched by Nat Turner on August 21, 1831 through his capture on October 30, 1831. This is event will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

BOUNDARIES CROSSED

Migrations Yesterday and Today

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Saturday, October 8, 2016 • 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), will host Boundaries Crossed: Migrations Yesterday and Today. This moderated panel presentation will address the global issue of migration, including complex and interwoven issues of migration, reverse migrations, displacement, gentrification, transnationalism from a historical to a contemporary perspective. Panelists include: C. Brian Williams, founder of Step Afrika! and Howard Dodson, former Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, and most recently Director of Howard University Libraries and Director of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Library System. This is event will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

EVENING WITH AN ICON
A Conversation with Sonia Sanchez 

COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Studies Department at Georgia State University, will host Evening with an Icon, A Conversation with Sonja Sanchez. Artist and scholar Dr. Michael Simanga of Georgia State University, will facilitate an in-depth conversation with renowned poet, playwright, professor, activist and one of the foremost leaders of the Black Studies movement, Sonia Sanchez. An important and influential scholar and teacher, Sonia Sanchez’s many honors and awards include the PEN Writing Award, the American Book Award for Poetry, the National Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the National Education Association Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Arts Foundation. This is event will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

IN HER SPIRIT

The Legacy of Sister Clara Muhammad

BOOK DISCUSSION AND SIGNING

Thursday, October 13, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Black Mecca of the South Tours, will host Historian and Granddaughter of Elijah and Clara Muhammad, Halimah Mohammed-Ali, who will discuss her latest publication, In Her Spirit. This book is an intimate exploration into the life and legacy of Clara Muhammad (November 2, 1899 – August 12, 1972), born Clara Evans in Macon, Georgia. In her Spirit, celebrates an extraordinary woman who pioneered the Nation of Islam's (NOI) primary and secondary independent schools, and laid the foundation for the progressive gender philosophy central to the leadership of her son Imam W.D. Mohammed. This is event will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Atlanta Radical Book Fair

BOOKS, HISTORY, ART, & REVOLUTION

BOOK FAIR, COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS AND LECTURES

Saturday, October 15, 2016 • 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 inaugural 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 resistance9, 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 is event will take place at the Auburn Avenue 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

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