On June 27th the AARL 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.

For more information read our brochure.



Featured Reference Collection Item:

First published in 1970, Essence is a monthly magazine created for black women. Its purpose is to highlight the experiences of black women, while offering articles on lifestyle and beauty.  Come check our Reference department for early editions of this publication!



 This May 1973 edition was the 3rd anniversary issue, featured on the cover are Billy Dee Williams and Michele Felder. 



New Titles at AARL

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

05 We were eight years in power




Featured Bibliography In Recognition of Caribbean Heritage Month





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Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy
An Ancestral Odyssey



The Auburn Avenue Research Library is pleased to present Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy: An Ancestral Odyssey, a multimedia solo exhibition in which Tina Maria Dunkley presents prints, assemblages and textiles based on her publication, The Merikins: Forgotten Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812. 


This exhibition is an evocative and visually riveting exploration into the lives of enslaved Africans who escaped bondage and fought for the British during the War of 1812.


Through meticulous research into her own maternal ancestry, Dunkley learned of the plight of her ancestor, Ezekiel Loney, and other freedom fighters who fled a Virginian plantation in 1814. Loney was among 4,000 former slaves who, settled in  Trinidad and called themselves Merikins, a creolization of “American”. 


05 Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy An Ancestral Odyssey

Illustrated Literature by Charly Palmer
Children's Gallery Exhibit
JANUARY 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum, is hosting Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award-winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer.


These vivid paintings pulsing with color, movement, and emotion creating a driving visual narrative that alight on significant events, in the life of Miriam Makeba, such as her flight from her homeland in disguise, her powerful testimony at the United Nations, the horrific Soweto killings, and Nelson Mandela’s release from jail, ending with the singer’s triumphant return home after apartheid is ended.


Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat injustice.


Charly Palmer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist who studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. Mama Africa! is his first picture book.





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The Colored Unit: Stories of the Segregated Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.




This community discussion will focus on the racially
segregated school of nursing, operated through Grady Memorial Hospital, from 1920 to 1966.

Featuring first-hand experiences from members of the National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses, this conversation will examine how these African American graduates persevered through systemic racism, and sexism, celebrating their indelible impact on Grady Memorial Hospital and nursing.




      Remembrances from Beyond the Veil
         The Art of Mary Parks Washington 

           March 11, 2019 – May 26, 2019



                     Recycling of the Old

             Pencil and Mixed Media, 1993


Our latest exhibition features part of the AARL's archived collection of works by Mary Parks Washington. 


Mary Parks Washington was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 20, 1924. Her artistic talent was first recognized by her teachers at Booker T. Washington High School. Washington attended Spelman College where she majored in art and studied under three prominent artist; sculptors Elizabeth Prophet, William Artist, and the painter Hale Woodruff. This exhibition is from the AARL Fine Art Collection and the Mary Parks Washington Papers available for public research.

Gems of the Collection

Rare Book Collection: 

Wheatley, Phyllis. Poems on various subjects, religious and moral, 1773.

                                    POEMS web




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