Events Listings

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The Silver Living LegaciesFunction of Freedom:
A Visual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison
Fine Art Gallery Exhibit
September 3, 2019 - December 31, 2019    
Silver Living Legacies Extraordinaire is part of a massive photographic undertaking, highlighting influential Black women of distinction over 60 years of age. Via intimate photographic images, taken by renowned photographer Nafisa Sheriff, this exhibition serves as a reverent visual homage to these powerful Black women and their ongoing legacy. This exhibit will be curated by Arnika Dawkins from the Arnika Dawkins Photographic Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Function of Freedom:
A Visual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison
Fine Art Gallery Exhibit
November 3, 2019 - January 5, 2020    
The Function of Freedom: A Visual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Toni Morrison curated by educator and activist Charmaine Minniefield. This exhibit is a communal homage by renowned visual artists to Morrison's iconic stature as a cultural beacon for the enduring power of Black creative authorship and authority.  Charmaine Minniefield draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora and her personal connection to women who have played a major role in her life.  Her work explores African and African American rituals from a feminist perspective by pulling the past to the present, conversing between the spirit, space and the physical.  This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop   
An Exhibit of Children’s Literature
Thursday, October 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop, a compelling new exhibition featuring the work of award-winning children’s literature artist/illustrator, Frank Morrison. The roots of rap and the history of hip-hop have origins that precede DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Kids will learn about how rap evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and break dancing that formed around the art form; and gave birth to the musical artists we know today. Written in lyrical rhythm by award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford, and complete with flowing, vibrant illustrations by Frank Morrison, this book beautifully illustrates how hip-hop is a language spoken the whole world 'round. Also featured is a foreword by Swizz Beatz, a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop rapper, DJ, and record producer. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Course Description and Outline
Fall 2019         
November 21 | Research 101   
 
December 5 | Digital Literacy    
December 12 | Google Basics and Drive
December 19 | Job Readiness   
Classes are open and free to the public. Please R.S.V.P to confirm your attendance. 
 
Intersections of the Black Experience
Community Dialogue and Discussion Series
6:00 p.m. Every Wednesday in November 2019
Throughout the month of November, the library will highlight iconic cinematic features, highlighting specific intersections of the Black Experience. Each week, colorful conversations and dialogues dedicated to LGBTQ+ issues, Black Mental Health, The Black Church and Spirituality and Black Fatherhood will be explored. Come into the library, an experience awaits you! The Community Dialogue and Discussion Program is to promote scholarly usage of the library’s materials, with educational films and documentaries. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Spit'in Anger
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019
As part of the weekly Community Dialogue and Discussion, the library will highlight iconic cinematic features, highlighting specific intersections of the Black Experience. Spit'in Anger is the exploration into the uncharted space of fatherlessness. Through the story of one of America's premier leaders in the responsible fatherhood movement--Kenneth Braswell--, we learn that the filmmaker and healer are about to receive a lesson in healing himself. Experts Dr. Jeff Gardere, Iyanla Vanzant. Judge Mablean Ephriam and Terrie Williams lay the foundation for one of the most devastating social ills for black children in America; father absence. Today; 82.3% of African American children born since 1990, will live in a home without their biological fathers before their 18th birthday. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Research 101: Africana Studies
Instructional Research Course
7:00 p.m Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Research 101: Africana Studies as a part of a progressive series of classes facilitated by AARL's Reference and Research staff. These instructional workshops support the ongoing development of foundational information literacy and research skills; promoting library resources and fostering culturally-relevant lifelong learning. Research 101 is an accessible, culturally relevant introduction to information literacy concepts, including critical thinking regarding the construction of information, as well as techniques for accessing and evaluating information. Utilizing the Fulton County Library System collection of resource, with a special focus on those specific to the Auburn Avenue Research Library, related to the Black experience and Africana studies, this course is influenced by ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which outlines threshold concepts for the mastery of information and computer literacy, but geared to meet researchers at any skill level. This course is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
Film Screening and Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the BronzeLens Film Festival, will host a screening of the Canadian film, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open. The BronzeLens Film Festival will screen this critically acclaimed film written and directed by Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn. The film centers on the interaction between Áila (Tailfeathers), a First Nations woman with a stable and happy domestic life, and Rosie (Violet Nelson), a more impoverished First Nations woman who has just been a victim of domestic abuse after they meet in the street. Selected for the 2019 Toronto Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival is being released by ARRAY, founded by Ava DuVernay. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Little Book of Big Lies: and TruthsThat Set You Free
Author Discussion and Community Dialogue
5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond House Museum will host Michelle Gipson as she talks with Queen Sugar’s Tina Lifford about her inspiring and illuminating guide to true self-care. Tina Lifford is the founder of the personal development network The Inner Fitness Project and The Little Book of Big Lies is the life skills class you need to nurture the inner you and move beyond the past. In fourteen raw, personal stories, Tina teaches you how to change your self-perception—to see yourself in the best possible light, to love and honor what you see, and to forge a new sense of what’s possible in every aspect of your life. This invaluable book is the foundation you need to start building inner health and well-being so you can thrive. Tina guides you on a journey of self-discovery that will help you turn shame into self-acceptance, self-rejection into self-love, blame into freedom, and old hurt into power.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Black Church, Inc.
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2019
As part of the weekly Community Dialogue and Discussion, the library will highlight iconic cinematic features, highlighting specific intersections of the Black Experience.  Black Church, Inc. attempts to justify the dichotomy of the profits of prophets. It compares pastors who are seen as activists such as Rev. Taharka Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Pastor Raphael Warnock with pastors who are criticized for being celebrity brands such as Rev. Eddie Long, Rev. Creflo Dollar, and Rev. T.D. Jakes. The documentary takes a deep dive into controversial issues clouding the church including love offerings (cash payments given to ministers), financial abuse and the deification of the mega-church pastor all while asking... is prayer-for-profit moral? This event is free and open to the public at 101 auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
SixTripleEight: No Mail, Low Morale
Film Screening and Community Discussion
12:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Women Veteran Social Justice Network will host a screening of the documentary SixTripleEight. In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the SixTripleEight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months. By war’s end, the SixTripleEight had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. The last of the women returned home in March 1946. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
 
 

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