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The Silver Living Legacies Extraordinaire: Women of Distinction
Photographic Gallery Exhibit
September 3, 2019 - March 1 , 2020   
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 - February 19, 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.
 
Exploring Intersectionality and Otherness
Film Screening and Community Discussion Series
6:00 p.m. Every Wednesday in January 2020
AARL’s Community Dialogue and Discussions are every Wednesday at 6 pm and are free and open to the general public. During these events, the Library will screen a film or documentary followed by a discussion. Throughout the month of January, the AARL will screen iconic film features, exploring specific intersections of the Black Experience. Each week, colorful conversations and dialogues dedicated to LGBTQ+ issues, Religious and Racial Censorship in African American Muslim Women, and Sexuality will be explored. Each feature film is followed by a discussion portion. Come into the library, an experience awaits you! 
 
Interwoven
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2020
As part of the weekly Community Dialogue and Discussion, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will highlight iconic cinematic features, highlighting Intersectionality and Otherness, with a screening of the film, Interwoven. Starring Academy Award winner Mo'Nique, Interwoven is a drama interweaving thirteen true-life stories to create one compelling tale of the fragile ties which connect us all. In the film, many of the talented ensemble cast members portray their own personal stories and share their experiences with homelessness, suicide, death, and addiction. This film explores those moments, big and small, in which strangers impact another person's life in ways they couldn't possibly imagine, all in an effort to answer that elusive question, "What is it all about?” 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, January 30, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (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. 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's collection of resources, with a special focus on those specific to the AARL, and relating to the Black experience and Africana studies, this course is influenced by Association of College & Research Libraries (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.
 
African Americans and the Vote
Film Screening and Discussion Series
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of Black men to the ballot after the Civil War. In observance of these historic events, the AARL will screen films and documentaries, exploring the history of the Fifteenth Amendment, voter suppression and purging, and the right of Blacks to the ballot after the Civil War. In celebration of Black History Month and in observance of the historic events mentioned, the AARL will screen intriguing films or documentaries, exploring the history of the Fifteenth Amendment, voter suppression. Each screening is followed by a discussion portion. The month’s theme has a rich and long history, which begins at the turn of the nineteenth century— in the era of the Early Republic, with the states’ passage of laws that democratized the vote for white men while disenfranchising free blacks. All documentaries and films are rated PG-13 and minors should be accompanied by a mature guardian or parental unit. Come into the library! An experience awaits you! This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
A Garden for Black Boys: Between the Stages of Soil and Stardust
Poetry Reading and Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host artist and poet W.J. Lofton, for a conversation on her published collection of poetry, A Garden for Black Boys: Between the Stages of Soil and Stardust. A Garden for Black Boys invites the reader into a world where tough questions are unpacked and answers are presented raw, extremely intimate, and containing a breath of their own. Each poem applauds the humanity of black people that is often overlooked in America. Inspired by tragedy, the continual shootings of unarmed black men and women, the author labors out a rallying cry that not only wreaks of grief but determined hope; a possibility to see a better tomorrow. Make no mistake, A Garden for Black Boys is as much a riot song as it is a hymn calling for healing. W.J. Lofton is an artist, poet, and activist residing in Atlanta, Georgia. A Garden for Black Boys is his sophomore collection, continuing his campaign on healing and equity for black people. He is also the author of These Flowers Were Held by Broken Vases, published in 2016. Lofton is a Chicago native and hopes to leave a legacy centered on activism and art. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Richard Wright: Black Boy
Film Screening and Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation, Inc., will host a film screening about the life and work of author Richard Wright. Richard Wright: Black Boy is the first documentary film on the life, work, and legacy of Richard Wright. Born outside Natchez, Mississippi in 1908, Wright overcame a childhood of poverty and oppression to become one of America’s most influential writers. His first major works, Native Son and Black Boy were runaway best sellers which are still mainstays of high school and college literature and composition classes. The film skillfully intercuts dramatic excerpts from Wright’s own work, with historical footage and the recollections of friends, associates, and scholars such as Ralph Ellison, Margaret Walker, and Wright’s daughter Julia, who trace Wright’s later development as a writer back to the brutality and racism of his Southern childhood. This event is free and open to the public at 101 auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Black Is... Black Ain't.
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:30 Monday, February 3, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Library in collaboration with the Counter narrative Project will screen the documentary, Black Is…Black Ain’t. The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, Black Is...Black Ain't, jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity. White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans. But the rigid definitions of "Blackness" that African Americans impose on each other, Riggs claims, have also been devastating. Is there an essential Black identity? Is there a litmus test defining the real Black man and true Black woman? While Black Is...Black Ain't, rejoices in Black diversity, many speakers bare their pain at having been silenced or excluded because they were perceived as "not Black enough" or conversely "too Black." The film marshals a powerful critique of sexism, patriarchy, homophobia, colorism and cultural nationalism in the Black family, church and other Black institutions. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
CHISHOLM '72 Unbought & Unbossed
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. In observance of these historical events, the AARL will screen films and documentaries, exploring the history of the Fifteenth Amendment, voter suppression and purging, and the right of blacks to the ballot after the Civil War. CHISHOLM '72 Unbought & Unbossed is the first historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. The documentary follows Chisholm from the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida in July. Chisholm's fight for inclusion, as she writes in her book The Good Fight (1973), encompasses all Americans who agree that the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it. Shunned by the political establishment, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm asks people of color, feminists and young voters for their support to reshape our society and take control of our destiny as we go down the Chisholm Trail in 1972.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Beyond the Culture: Pop Culture and Social Justice 
Social Justice Conference
Thursday, February 6 – Friday, February 7, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Georgia State University Department of African American Studies will host Beyond the Culture: Pop Culture and Social Justice Conference. The purpose of this conference is to critically examine the use of popular culture in social justice. Specifically, this conference will examine the ways in which artists, scholars, and activists have used popular culture to pursue social justice. Various forms of popular culture are used in the fight for social justice across the many realities of the human condition. This includes music, comic books, literature, film, television programs, and social media branding. Understanding the role of popular culture and its relationship to social justice, we are having a two-day national conference that focuses on the utility of popular culture for social justice. 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, February 6, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (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. 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's collection of resources, with a special focus on those specific to the AARL, and relating to the Black experience and Africana studies, this course is influenced by Association of College & Research Libraries (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.
 
Jezebel
Film Screening and Discussion
3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Bronze Lens Film Festival will host a screening of Numa Perrier's first film "Jezebel". The film follows 19-year-old Tiffany (Tiffany Tenille) as she navigates her dying mother’s financial struggles. By working as an internet fetish cam girl in the 90s, the young woman uses her fantasy world as an escape from her real-life circumstances. Numa Perrier’s directorial debut delivers a beautiful balance of poignancy and humor to reveal truths about women, family, and sisterhood in a way we rarely witness. Numa’s exploration of women’s relationships with their bodies, their inner life, and their outer world is exciting to witness and is a new and exciting voice in cinema. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men
Public Lecture and Book Discussion
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., will host Professor Thomas A. Foster for a lecture about his publication Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men. Rethinking Rufus is the first book-length study of sexual violence against enslaved men. Scholars have extensively documented the widespread sexual exploitation and abuse suffered by enslaved women, with comparatively little attention paid to the stories of men. However, a careful reading of extant sources reveals that sexual assault of enslaved men also occurred systematically and in a wide variety of forms, including physical assault, sexual coercion, and other intimate violations. Rethinking Rufus illuminates how the conditions of slavery gave rise to a variety of forms of sexual assault and exploitation that affected all members of the community. Thomas A. Foster is an associate dean for faculty affairs and a history professor at Howard University. He is the author of Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America and Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
In Plenty and in Time of Need:
Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity
Public Lecture and Book discussion
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Georgia State University Department of African American Studies will host Professor Lia T. Bascomb as she lectures on her publication In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity. In Plenty and in Time of Need demonstrates how the unique history of Barbados has contributed to complex relations of national, gendered, and sexual identities, and how these identities are represented and interpreted on a global stage. As the most widespread manifestation of social commentary, the book uses music and performance to analyze the competing ideals and realities of the national culture. It details the histories of prominent musical artists, including the prolific Pan-Africanist calypsonian the Mighty Gabby, the world-renowned Merrymen, Soca Queen Alison Hinds, artist/activist Rupee, and international superstar Rihanna. Lia T. Bascomb is currently an Assistant Professor of African American Studies and affiliated with the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at Georgia State University. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Rigged
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.  The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War.  In observance of this, the AARL will screen films and documentaries, exploring the history of the Fifteenth Amendment, voter suppression and purging, and the right of blacks to the ballot after the Civil War. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Cultural Studies: The Black Experience
Instructional Research Course
7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will host Cultural Studies: The Black Experience 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. This 60-minute class explores cultural, literary, and pop culture topics in addition to Pan African and diasporic identities of the African and African American community. Each cultural studies class is designed to examine specific issues of African American culture, within canons of Black literature. Each class is paired with the month celebration or theme to further explore subjects, contributions, and perspectives. This course is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Emanuel
Film Screening and Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Subsume ATL will host a screening of the documentary Emanuel. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in the church, nine African Americans lay dead—leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Forty-eight hours later, in the midst of unspeakable grief and suffering, the families of the Emanuel Nine stood in court facing the killer … and offered words of forgiveness. Their demonstration of grace ushered the way for hope and healing across a city and the nation. Emanuel powerfully weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. In observance of these historic events, the AARL will screen films and documentaries, exploring the history of the Fifteenth Amendment, voter suppression and purging, and the right of blacks to the ballot after the Civil War.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Google Basics and Drive
Instructional Research Course
7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will host Google Basics and Drive as the progressive instructional series of classes facilitated by AARL's Reference and Research staff. These instructional workshops support the ongoing development of foundational computer and information literacy, and research skills; promoting the library resources and fostering culturally-relevant lifelong learning. Google Basics and Drive is an accessible, culturally relevant introduction to Google and its applications, including essential tools regarding the construction of information, as well as techniques for accessing and evaluating information. Utilizing the Fulton County Library System collection of resources, with a special focus on those specific to the AARL and relating to the Black experience and Africana studies, this course is influenced by Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Computer 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.
 
Porgy and Bess
Film Screening and Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation, Inc., and the Atlanta Opera, will present an afternoon of music, discussion, and reflection on the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. This program is free and open to the public. Dr. Naomi André, professor and author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (University of Illinois Press, 2018), will join cast members from The Atlanta Opera production of Porgy and Bess as they give their perspective on the celebrated, but complex, opera. As Dr. André states, “Porgy and Bess is a double-edged sword for many people. It has heartfelt melodies and terrible stereotypes that reference minstrel images; it shows an inner depth to its main characters and also dooms them to terrible outcomes.” In addition to discussing the challenges of Porgy, the panel will give insight on recent Black operas and steps to move the operatic field towards a more equitable art form. Selections from Porgy and Bess will also be presented as a part of the program. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Hacking Democracy
Film Screening and Community Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2020
The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. In observance of these historic events, the AARL will screen films and documentaries, exploring the history of the Fifteenth Amendment, voter suppression and purging, and the right of blacks to the ballot after the Civil War. The film the voting machine corporations don’t want you to see. Hacking Democracy follows tenacious Seattle grandmother/investigator, Bev Harris, and her band of extraordinary citizen-activists as they set out to answer one simple question: How does America count its votes? Proving America's votes can be stolen without a trace culminates in a duel between the Diebold corporation's voting machines and a computer hacker from Finland – with America’s democracy at stake. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Albert Luthuli: Mandela before Mandela
Book Lecture and Community Dialogue
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Dr. Robert Trent Vinson as he lectures on his publication Albert Luthuli: Mandela before Mandela. In his book, Robert Trent Vinson recovers the important but largely forgotten story of Albert Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize winner and president of the African National Congress from 1952 to 1967. Luthuli linked South African anti-apartheid politics with other movements, becoming South Africa’s leading advocate of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent civil disobedience techniques. He also framed apartheid as a crime against humanity and thus linked South African anti-apartheid struggles with international human rights campaigns. Robert Trent Vinson received his Ph.D. in African History from Howard University. He has written The Americans are Coming!: The Dream of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa, and Albert Luthuli: Mandela before Mandela. Vinson is also the co-author of two additional books in preparation, Shaka's Progeny: Zulu Cultures and the Making of the Modern Atlantic World, co-authored with Benedict Carton and Crossing the Water:African Americans and South Africa,1890-1965, a documentary history coedited with Robert Edgar and David Anthony. This event is free and open to the public at 101 auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Job Readiness: “Return and Get It” Maximizing and Properly Conducting a Job Search
Instructional Research Course
7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will host Job Readiness: “Return and Get It” Maximizing and Properly Conducting a Job Search, as a part of the instructional series of classes facilitated by AARL's Reference and Research staff. These instructional workshops support the ongoing development of foundational research skills; promoting the library resources and fostering culturally-relevant lifelong learning of professional and employable opportunities within the African American and minority-serving environments. While attending job fairs, networking events and dropping off a resume is a good start, a deeper engagement is required in today's job market to succeed. Staff will discuss networking strategies to better enhance employment attainment prospects in African American and minority-serving communities. Job Readiness is an accessible, culturally relevant introduction to prepare patrons, and provide essential tools regarding the construction of information and professional development, as well as techniques for accessing and evaluating information. Utilizing the Fulton County Library System collection of resources, with a special focus on those specific to the Auburn Avenue Research Library and relating to minority-serving institutions and environments, this course is influenced by Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) framework for Computer Literacy for Higher Education, which outlines threshold concepts for the mastery of information 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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