Events Listings

Continue to follow the AARL events page and social media for expansion project updates and ongoing events and exhibitions with the Hammonds House Museum and other collaborative community partners.

 

All events and exhibitions listed will be offsite until the completion of the Library expansion. Please check each event for location.

 

The View From Collier Heights

Photographic Exhibition

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Collier Heights Community Association and Hammonds House Museum, and the will host The View From Collier Heights  a photographic exhibition by photographer Lydia A. Harris, this stunning exhibit and art book documents the Collier Heights community located in Northwest Atlanta, Georgia.  As the photographs explore mid-century modern architecture, the intimacy of the artist’s experience unfolds, as intricate interiors are revealed. Taken between 2010 and 2014, the photographs pay tribute to a community that served as the cultural and economic cornerstone of Atlanta’s black middleclass and was instrumental to the regional Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit will be on display in the AARL Satellite Gallery @ Hammonds House Museum.

 

Black August
The Life and Legacy of Mutulu Shakur
Community Lecture
Saturday, August 08, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and Hammonds House Museum, will host Black August, The Life and Legacy of Mutulu Shakur, a community discussion facilitated by Dr. Makungu Akinyela of Georgia State University. In recognition of Black August, Dr. Akinyela will explore the personal activist history of political prisoner Mutulu Shakur, an iconic figure in the post-Civil Rights Black Liberation Movement. A founding member of the National Committee to Free Political Prisoners, Mutulu Shakur is also a dedicated champion in the struggle against political imprisonment and political convictions in the United States. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

Evolution of Black Media

Traditional Comics, Graphic Novels and Visual Concepts in Emerging Dynamic Media Platforms
Community Discussion
Thursday, August 13, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.
Onyxcon Institute, in collaboration with the Southwest Library and Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Evolution of Black Media, Traditional Comics, Graphic Novels and Visual Concepts in Emerging Dynamic Media Platforms. This community panel discussion will be facilitated by new media artist and content creators who are successfully transitioning their work from traditional media to emerging dynamic media platforms, ensuring the black presence in these new distribution avenues for popular art and culture. Panelists will include Eric Dean Seaton, creator, writer and publisher of the graphic novel series, Legend of the Mantamaji; Keef Cross, creator, writer and publisher of the graphic novel series and film, Day Black, and Multimedia producer and journalist Bruno Gaston, who will moderate the discussion. This event will be held at the Southwest Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.


Moolaadé (Magical Protection)
Film Screening
Saturday, August 22, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.
As part of the African Cinema as Art Film Series, featuring the Work of Ousmane Sembene, Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of the feature film, Moolaadé (Magical Protection), written and directed by Ousmane Sembène. Under the protection of Colle Gallo Ardo Sy (Fatoumata Coulibaly), an independent woman with mystical powers, six preadolescent girls refuse to undergo ritual female circumcision, sparking a revolution that challenges the oppressive patriarchy of their unnamed West African village. Filmed in Burkina Faso, this powerful statement on African feminism deftly addresses the subject of female genital mutilation and oppressive patriarchal structures found in rural Africa. This event will be held at West End Library 525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta 30310.

 

Black August
Women in the Vanguard of the Black Liberation Movement
Community Lecture
Saturday, August 22, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and Hammonds House Museum, will host Black August, Women in the Vanguard of the Black Liberation Movement, a community discussion facilitated by Dr. Makungu Akinyela of Georgia State University. In recognition of Black August, Dr. Akinyela will explore the historical and contemporary contributions of women in the post-Civil Rights Black Liberation Movement. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

The Sisters Are Alright
Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
Book Discussion and Signing
Friday, August 28, 2015 • 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Charis Books and More and Hammonds House Museum will host cultural commentator and journalist Tamara Winfrey Harris, who will discuss her latest publication The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. Following in the footsteps of Ntozake Shange, Harris, explores the authentic lived experiences of black women, allowing them to serve as the architects of their own narratives, free from distortion or marginalization. An unapologetic celebration, The Sisters Are Alright reads like a beautiful choreopoem urgently asserting that the lives of black women matter. Tamara Winfrey Harris specializes in the intersection of race and gender with current events, politics and pop culture. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times, Ms. and Bitch magazines. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

Transatlantic Blackness on Film
The Cinematic Black Experience in the United Kingdom
3:00 p.m. Sapphire (92 minutes) Film Screening
5:00 p.m. Burning an Illusion (95 minutes) Film Screening
Saturday, September 26.
Bridging the Diasporic Divide between Black America and Black Britain, Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Narrative Eye, will host Transatlantic Blackness on Film: The Cinematic Black Experience in the United Kingdom. This event will present and explore how blackness and racial identities are represented in film created by and for Black Britains in the United Kingdom. Screenings will include the ground-breaking film, Sapphire, (92 min.) starring Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig, portraying two Scotland Yard detectives investigating the murder of a young black woman who had been passing for white; and the pioneering feature film, written and directed by Menelik Shabazz, Burning an Illusion, (95 min.) an intimate coming of age story that traces the emotional and political growth of a young British-born black woman in Margaret Thatcher's London. Narrative Eye is an afro-centric educational organization, operating out of the United Kingdom, dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by Black People throughout the Diaspora. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

 

Transatlantic Blackness
Black Like Me? Comparative Discourse on Race and Identity in the United States and United Kingdom
Community Discussion
Thursday, October 08. 7:00 p.m.
In an effort to bridge the diasporic divide between Black America and Black Britain, Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Narrative Eye, will host, Black Like Me? Comparative Discourse on Race and Identity in the U.S. and U.K. This community discussion, facilitated by British writer, law lecturer and historian Onyeka, will examine contemporary cross cultural similarities and distinct differences on how race is experienced and racial identities are formed in Black communities in the United States and the United Kingdom. This conversation will also explore the historical, socio-political, geographic and cultural (etc.) roots of these similarities and differences. Onyeka, will also discuss his latest publication Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England a ground breaking exploration of the African Diaspora in Europe. Narrative Eye is an afro-centric educational organization, operating out of the United Kingdom, dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by Black People throughout the Diaspora. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

 

 

Transatlantic Blackness
The African Presence in the Renaissance Art of Europe
Community Discussion
Saturday, October 10. 10:30 a.m.
Hammonds House Museum in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Narrative Eye, will host The African Presence in the Renaissance Art of Europe, facilitated by British writer, law lecturer and historian Onyeka. Bringing home the adage that “art makes the absent present” Onyeka will challenge the hegemonic white washing of European History by examining the presence of African peoples in Renaissance Art, which often reflected real individuals and authentic lived experiences. Focusing beyond common representations of exoticism and enslavement, this discussion will use art to traces the existence and identities of free descendants of enslaved Africans who entered mainstream European society at all levels. It will also explore the unexamined socio-political history between Europe and Africa reflected in Renaissance images of African diplomats, merchants, scholars, and heads of state. Onyeka, will also discuss his latest publication Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England a ground breaking exploration of the African Diaspora in Europe. Narrative Eye is an afro-centric educational organization, operating out of the United Kingdom, dedicated to the production and promotion of creative works that document and challenge the inequalities and injustices faced by Black People throughout the Diaspora. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

     

 

 

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