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.

The City Too Busy to Hate: The 50th Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination 
Community Wall of Commemoration 
January 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, with community dialogue and memory preservation. Throughout 2018, a memory wall, located on the first floor, is dedicated for public reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. King.  At the conclusion of the year, all reflections will be saved and made accessible to the public in the Archives Division. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Inner City Urban: Vine City
Photographic Exhibition
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Sunday, April 29, 2018 
Exhibition Artist Talk: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2018 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will present Inner City Urban: Vine City by activist and photographer Rose Smith. This riveting photographic exhibition repositions the viewer directly into the intentional gaze of the Vine City community, artistically subverting traditional power dynamics of “who and what is being seen” constructing a potent social commentary on the intersectionality of race, class, and geography in contemporary Atlanta. Following in the footsteps of Gordon Parks, Roy DeCarava, Baldwin Lee, Jamel Shabazz and Carrie Mae Weems, Rose Smith is a conceptual documentary photographer who uses the medium to reflect contemporary issues that affect people of color. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
Illustrated Children's Literature by Bryan Collier
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, will present selected artwork from 12 Rounds of Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali. This powerfully illustrated poetic verse biography of Ali’s life, from the time he was born to his lighting of the 1996 Olympic Torch in Atlanta, is written by Charles Smith and illustrated by renowned artist Bryan Collier. The artwork in this exhibition is from the Auburn Avenue Research Library Archives' Bryan Collier Collection. This exhibition will be on display in the Children's Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30303.
 
Black Angels: New Works by Charmaine Minniefield
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will present 
Black Angels: New Works by Charmaine Minniefield, firmly rooted in womanist social theory and ancestral veneration, Black Angels is a profound reclamation of the celestial nature of Black Woman, that thoughtfully evoke the indigenous African roots of matriarchal centered ritual and traditions found throughout the Black diaspora. Charmaine Minniefield is a lecturer in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College and has served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for 20 years. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South  
Book Signing and Lecture
Wednesday, April 18. 7:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand, who will discuss his latest publication: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South. In The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South, Wayne A. and Shirley A. Wiegand tell the comprehensive story of the integration of southern public libraries. In particular, the willingness of young black community members to take part in organized protests and direct actions ensured that local libraries would become genuinely free to all citizens. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Images Finally Focused
Book Signing and Lecture
Saturday, April 21. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival (AQLF), will host author Young Hughley, who will discuss his latest publication, Images Finally Focused, a book of poems, essays, and short stories. An intimate coming of age journey, Hughley deftly explores the struggle to find ones authentic self in a repressive heterosexist culture. A powerful hetero-homo literary expression Images Finally Focused is a compelling personal reflection and heartfelt homage to a culture that nurtured growth and self-acceptance. This event is free and open
to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Ascension: The Untold Formative Years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A Conversation with Dr. June Dobbs Butts
Community Discussion
Sunday, April 22. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the  Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University, will present Ascension: the Untold Formative Years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This conversation with Dr. June Dobbs Butts, a childhood friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, will explore Dr. King's early formative years in Atlanta. This discussion will be moderated by Georgia State University's Dr. Maurice Hobson, author of The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the 
Making of Modern Atlanta
Community Discussion
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, (AARL) in collaboration with the Sweet Auburn Reads,  will host community reading of the Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. Skillfully examined through the prism of the black New South, Dr. Hobson exposes 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. This event launches "Sweet Auburn Reads" AARL’s new quarterly communal reading group dedicated to exploring Atlanta’s rich contemporary black literary scene. This event is open and free to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
Film Screening
Thursday, April 26. 7:00 p.m.
In recognition of National Poetry Month (April) 2018, the Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Atlanta Poetry Kitchen will host a community screening of the documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. A revealing portrait of the iconic artist Maya Angelou deemed "a lion in literature's forest", this compelling film examines how Sanchez’s uncompromising literary voice serves as an artistic and cultural arm of the Black Power Movement. Featuring readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez captures her unparalleled artistic legacy and lifelong commitment to social justice and Black liberation. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Lyrics & Flow Poetry Festival
Community Reading
Saturday, April 28. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In recognition of National Poetry Month (April) 2018, the Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with The Atlanta Poetry Kitchen will host Lyrics and Flow. Curated by renowned poet and educator Felton Eaddy, this community event will feature a diverse group of selected poets who will perform original works that speak directly to the Black lived experience, and celebrate the enduring poetic legacy found within Black Diaspora.
 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
 The Role of the Poet in a Time of Crisis Poetry of Ethridge Knight 
 
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
“Sankofa Storytime” Felton Eaddy reads selected poems from the illustrated children’s book Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Tom Feelings. In this compelling collection of words and pictures, the voices of thirteen major poets, including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Walter Dean Myers, rise in response to the dazzling vistas and emotionally vivid portraits of award-winning artist Tom Feelings. 
 
 
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
“Breaking the Block” writing workshop facilitated by Alice Lovelace
 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
“Breathing Out“ …. literary musings facilitated by Pamela Diana Poole-Starks
 
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
“Ekphrastic Poetry" facilitated by Felton Eaddy
 
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Business of Writing: how to get paid panel discussion  Alice Lovelace &  Theresa Davis
 
Concurrent:
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Performing a Poetics of Desire Conversation: Opal Moore & Charmaine Minniefield 
       
 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Rhythm & Flow: The Poetry in Music Writing facilitated by Allison Upshaw
 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lyrics & Flow Live! This community event will feature a diverse group of selected poets who will perform original works that speak directly to the Black lived experience, and celebrate the enduring poetic legacy found within Black Diaspora.Felton Eaddy, Host  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
After Wakanda: Colonization, Black Representation, and True Liberation
Community Discussion
Sunday, April 29. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host After Wakanda: Colonization, Black Representation, and True Liberation. Focused on Marvel's Afrocentric blockbuster superhero movie Black Panther, this moderated community conversation will explore the film's sociopolitical import within the Black Diaspora and its paradigm-shifting impact on global popular culture. Discussants for this event will include Atlanta-based artist and curator, Tracy Murrell; founder of Guichard Solutions, Jean-Patrick Guichard; and Georgia State University Perimeter College Professor, Robert Belcher. Ghanaian filmmaker, Eric Bomba-Ire will moderate this discussion. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
 
 
 

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