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The Hate U Give:The Art of Advocacy 
Young Adult Art Exhibit
Fine Art Exhibition
Friday, October 12 – Sunday, December 02
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with 20th Century Fox will present "The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy Young Adult Art Exhibition”. Inspired by the upcoming 20th Century Fox film based on author, Angie Thomas’ award-winning Teen novel,“The Hate U Give”, the exhibit features original works created by local Atlanta teens.Addressing themes such as gang violence, racism, police brutality, the U.S. court system,, and family life, the teens make use of various art mediums and styles to convey how they see these various topics through their eyes.THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, directed by George Tillman, Jr. and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Stay Woke: Hip Hop, Trump and the Future of America
Community Discussion & Book Signing
6:30 p.m.Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Georgia State University Department of African American Studies will host: Stay Woke: Hip Hop, Trump, and the Future of America, an evening with Author and Activist Kevin Powell. Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hiphop voices in America today. He is a native of Jersey City and studied at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin is the author of 12 books, his writings have appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, 
The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing such diverse public figures as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303.
 
Thinkin' of a Master Plan:
Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Socially Conscious Hip-Hop
Community Discussion 
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 14.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Generation Hip Hop Global and Temple Of Hip-Hop, will host Thinkin' of a Master Plan: Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Socially Conscious Hip-Hop.This public discussion will explore the narrative manifestation found within Hip-Hop art and culture that focus on social justice, Black liberation, and Afrocentric spirituality. This event will be facilitated by Hip-Hop Historian and Cultural Strategist Minister Server. Generation Hip Hop (GHH) is a global youth empowerment and development program, initiated by the Universal Hip Hop Museum and the Africa Rising Foundation. The aim is to establish satellite non-profit organizations under one Hip Hop brand across the world. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta,GA 30303. 
 
Aidas Renta Collection: Honoring a Grassroots Activist
Opening Reception 
1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is pleased to announce the opening of the Aida Rentas Collection. Aida Rentas is a lifelong activist who founded Latinos en Accion, the Grass Roots Institute and was on the founding board of the Georgia Equality Project. After spending many years as the Volunteer Coordinator for The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), in December of 2005 Aidas established The Grassroots Institute.The mission of The Grassroots
Institutes is to support the children of single parents during the spring, summer and winter recess from school The Grass Roots Institute provides arts and cultural programming taught by local and professional artists.The collection represents the accumulation of her career in the fight for equality and civic work, throughout the United States of America. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness: Notions of Black Culture & Identity
Film Screening & Discussion
3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in partnership with the Baton Foundation, Inc., will host a film screening and facilitated discussion about Melville Herskovits and notions of Black culture and identity.In the late 1920’s, Herskovits focused his  attention on Africa at a time when other white scholars insisted there was nothing to learn there. During fieldwork in Benin, Surinam and Trinidad, he shot thousands of feet of film (some shown in this documentary) revealing undeniable similarities between African and so-called New World planting techniques, dance,music, even everyday gestures. Harvard historian and co-producer, Dr.Vincent Brown, explains how this proof of cultural retention across the African Diaspora refuted the common wisdom that all ties to Africa had been lost during the traumatic Middle Passage. Herskovits at the Heart of  Blackness raises unsettling questions. It forces us to ask who has the authority to define a culture especially if people from that culture are denied the opportunity to engage in the scholarly discourse of defining themselves.The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen.Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen is a sociologist and associate director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University. She received the B.A. degree in African Studies from Columbia University and the Ph.D. degree in sociology from Emory University. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer & Feminist
Mandate for Radical Movements
Discussion & Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Charis Books and More Independent Book Store, will host Author and Activist Charlene A. Carruthers, as she discusses her publication, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle, to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development.  Charlene A. Carruthers has spent over a decade developing leaders as an effective strategist, community organizer, and educator. She is the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100, a leading organization of young activists in the movement for Black liberation. Her work has been featured in outlets including the Nation, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, the New Yorker, Al Jazeera, Ebony, USA Today, and the Washington Post.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Black Money:World Currencies
featuring African African American & the Disapora
Gallery Opening & Exhibit
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Black Money: World Currencies Featuring African, African-American, and African Diasporic History and Cultures. Black Money features banknotes depicting the histories, cultures, politics,and experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent in countries around the world. The exhibition features “money trees” decorated with real money from countries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including the United States. It includes rare, obsolete, and currently circulating money and money-related objects, accompanied by the scale and life-size models of historical characters and other images featured on money, promotional money posters, wall-mounted, money-inspired artwork, and other works of art depicted on the money. The Black Money Exhibition is curated by Tracy Murrell, whom Atlanta Magazine awarded the “Rising Curator” honor for the Best of Atlanta 2017 issue. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
 
 
 

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