Events Listings

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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.

Jamaican Maroon
Photo Exhibition
September 28 – January2, 2018                  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State Department of History invites you to explore the daily life, culture and environment of the Windward Maroons of Jamaica in their homeland of the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park. The exhibit features the photography of award winning Atlanta based photographer Mettina van der Veen; and a display of arts, crafts and artifacts from the collection of Georgia State University Department of History Professor Harcourt Fuller. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GROOTS Weekend-Atlanta 
 
Through His Eyes: An Artistic Look at the
Amazing & Inspiring Tales of Ashley Byran
Wednesday, October 4 - Sunday,December 31, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is proud to exhibit the works of legendary children’s books illustrator, Ashley Bryan, in Through His Eyes: An Artistic Look at the Amazing and Inspiring Tales of Ashley Bryan.  Through his use of both bright colors and black and whites, over a 55 year career, Ashley Bryan has created an artistic resume like no other. As an award winning artist, author, and educator, Ashley Bryan has been a benchmark for aspiring children’s book illustrators around the world.  Bringing together pieces from such literary works as The Story of the Three Kingdoms, Sing to the Sun, I’m Going to Sing, The Story of Lightning and Thunder, and Walk Together Children: Black American Spirituals, The Auburn Avenue Research Library celebrates with a small glimpse “Through His Eyes.” This exhibit is free and open to the publicat 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.
Featured Honorees Gallery Opening November 1. 6 p.m.
James"Jay" Bailey .Sivan Hines. Lovette Twyman Russell
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.
 
AARL's Scholarly Sit Down with Dr. Maurice Hobson
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University's African American Studies Department presents AARL’s Scholarly Sit Down. This new lecture series allows academics to highlight a specific element of their research and deeply explore this select topic in an informal community dialogue.  
Tale of Two Atlantas
Tuesday, November 13. 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Hobson, will discuss the historical schism between Atlanta’s Black political elite, and poor and working class citizens, complicating the long-held view of the city as the mecca for black people.
The Atlanta Child Murders 
Tuesday, November 28. 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Hobson, will discuss the socio-political impact of the two-year period that saw the murder of 28 African-American children, adolescents and adults known as the Atlanta murders of 1979–81. This event is free and onpen to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
Listen. Ideas that Resonate
Community Discussion
Wednesday, November 15. 6:30 p.m.
LISTEN. Ideas that resonate is a monthly series designed to spread concept and ideas in our community. Each month 5 of our brightest minds will present in their areas of interest, research and scholarship. Join us for our inaugural presentation featuring Professor Dianna M.Stewart, Amina Diop, Akilah Richards, Michael "Coach" Harris and Dr. Na'Taki Jelks Osbourne. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson
Thursday, November 16.6:00 p.m.
Film Screening
In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance and in collaboration with Southern Fried Queer Pride and Atlanta Pride the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host a screening of the documentary film, Pay It No Mind - The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson. Pay It No Mind captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Recording, Archiving and Maintaining
Works for Future Generations 
Community Discussion
Wednesday, November 29 . 6:30 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Hammond House Museum will present Recording, Archiving and Maintaining Works for Future Generations. This public conversation facilitated by Dr. Pellom McDaniels III, Emory University's Curator of African American Collections, will focus on preventing the loss of art created by people of color due to poor maintenance and/or planning, and lack of adequate repositories for archiving collections. This discussion will explore how the black community and related institutions can keep art collections intact, ensuring that African American and Black Diasporic art is properly preserved. The event will feature several archival professional including Derek T. Mosley, Archivist at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
 

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