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All events and exhibitions listed will be offsite until the completion of the Library expansion. Please check each event for location.
Personal History in America’s Peculiar Institution
An Intimate Exploration of Enslavement in New Orleans’ Plantation Country
Saturday, February 13. 1:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black History Month (2016) the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society- Metro Atlanta Chapter, in collaboration with the Georgia Archives and the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Dr. Curtis Graves, who will discuss his personal history, as a direct descendent of Africans enslaved on New Orleans’ Evergreen and Whitney Plantations. Dr. Graves will explore the importance of connecting the African American oral tradition with established genealogical research in developing an authentic understanding of American slavery and its personal impact on the enslaved and their descendants. Dr. Graves will also discuss his efforts to create a visual record of existing plantation architecture, particularly the living quarters of enslaved Africans. This event will take place at the Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, GA 30260.
The Loving Story
Sunday, February 14. 3:00 p.m.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day (2016), Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of the documentary, The Loving Story. This film explores the dramatic love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia that changed history. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
Something to Cheer About: Celebration of the 1957 Crispus Attucks Tigers
Sunday, February 21. 2:00 p.m.
Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a film screening of Something to Cheer About. The inspirational documentary film is a cinematic celebration of the Crispus Attucks Tigers, an Indianapolis high school basketball team that overcame racial segregation in the 1950s to become the first all-black team to win a state basketball championship. The Tigers, headed by legendary NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, changed the face of American sports forever. The film features interviews with Robertson and Tigers teammates, Hallie Bryant (of the Harlem Globetrotters) and All American Willie Meriweather, who would go on to break down racial barriers in collegiate and professional sport. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
Athletic Racism and Brown vs. Board of Education
Author’s Discussion and Book Signing
Sunday, February 21. 3:00 p.m.
Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host author Marvin Williams, who will discuss his latest publication, Athletic Racism and Brown vs. Board of Education, which explores the complex historical relationship between racism, education and athletics in the United States. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
The Past, Present and Future of Legacy African American Communities
Sunday, February 28. 3:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Library, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host The Past, Present and Future of Legacy African American Communities. This community discussion, facilitated by Dr. (Richard) Moriba Kelsey, will highlight the collaborative work of scholars, educators and community residents in preserving the collective memory and communal history of black communities and neighborhoods in Atlanta. This event will include a panel of local scholars, educators, and community activists dedicated to ensuring that the authentic histories of Legacy African American communities is saved and made publicly accessible. This event will take place at the Metropolitan Library, 1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30310.
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