Events Listings

As a precautionary response to the spread of coronavirus(COVID-19), all Fulton County Library System locations including The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will suspend operations.  This suspension of operation includes the suspension of any public programming and events effective immediately until further notice. During our closure please utilize the Fulton County Library System’s electronic resources such as Hoopla, Overdrive, RB Digital, and Freegal, which are accessible with a valid Fulton County Library System Library card.

AARL August Virtual Programs

Agents of Change
Film Screening
Conversation with Filmmaker Frank Dawson
3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Baton Foundation, will host a film screening and discussion about the role of college students in the fight for equality on predominantly White college campuses during the late 1960s and early 1970s. From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of Black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April 1969, the struggle for more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for Black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960s. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. Frank R. Dawson is an Associate Dean and former Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College. Frank is also a producer, writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group, a company originally formed to develop and produce television series, movies for television, and cable television features in association with CBS Entertainment Productions. How to See Agents of Change: Local PBS Stations (August 11-18, 2020–check listings) Kanopy (with valid library card)
When Black Lives Matter: A Historical Perspective
Curated Rebroadcasting of AARL Lecture
7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020
In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Georgia State University’s Department of African American Studies, hosted When Black Lives Matter: A Historical Perspective originally recorded on March 17, 2017. This lecture was facilitated by Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham, National President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. View this Public Lecture at
House Party
Film Screening and Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will host a screening of the classic comedy film "House Party", with a post-screening discussion with the film’s writer and director Reginald Hudlin. House Party is a 1990 cult classic written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, based on his award-winning Harvard University student film, and released by New Line Cinema. The film stars Kid and Play, of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris. The film also stars Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell and Gene "Groove" Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. Reginald Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, creating movies like HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, and BEBE’S KIDS, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Hudlin was a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s film, DJANGO UNCHAINED; BURNING SANDS; co-producer of the 88th Oscars broadcast and the NAACP Image Awards. RSVP @HOUSEPARTY.AAFCASCREENING.COM
Tell Them We Are Rising: 
The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening and community discussion of the documentary film: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The rich history of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years- yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders), and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. Stanley Earl Nelson Jr. (born June 7, 1951) is an American documentary filmmaker and a MacArthur Fellow known as a director, writer, and producer of documentaries examining African-American history and experiences. He is a recipient of the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Obama. He has won three Primetime Emmy Awards.
Africana Virtual Storytime
Africana Children's Literature Storytime 
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will present a virtual Africana Story Time reading of Hands Up by Breanna J. McDaniel. A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane's wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength. Africana Virtual Storytime presents the scope and breadth of AARL’s collection of illustrated Africana children’s literature - empowering educators, parents, and caregivers with the resources and skills to share stories of the diasporic Black experience with children. View this Public Lecture at


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