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Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate along with civic and social residency CONSTELLATIONS will host an exhibition by internationally renowned street artist Gonzalo Borondo. “Voices of the World” features Borondo works originally created and exhibited on the windows of the historic Atlanta Daily World Building at 145 Auburn Avenue during the 2014 Living Walls Conference, and speaks to the benefit of dialogue between our past and our future. These works are on display in the lobby of the Auburn Avenue Research Library Auditorium. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence
Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars Photographic Exhibition 
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – Sunday, August 20, 2017 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), will host Sistahs Writing Themselves into Existence: Images of Contemporary Black Women Writers and Scholars by renowned photographer Susan J. "Sue" Ross. Spanning three decades, Sue Ross has assembled an affecting pictorial survey of major scholars, novelists, poets, and playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Placing the viewer intimately close to these academic and literary sheroes, these arresting photographs are paired with fascinating texts from each writer on writing—thoughts on the craft, recollections of significant moments from their personal history, and meditations on the civic importance of writing. The NCNW is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Brotherman Revelation "Unleashing the Black Imagination” 
Fine Art Exhibition by Dawud Anyabwile 
Sunday, August 20. to Sunday, September 24.
Exhibition Artist Talk, Thursday, August 24. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Big City Entertainment, will host Brotherman: Revelation “Unleashing the Black Imagination” by renowned artist Dawud Anyabwile, the creator and illustrator of the Brotherman graphic novel series. This immersive exhibition is the multidimensional manifestation of the alternative black mythology and cultural symbolism that anchors the Big City comic universe. This exhibition also celebrates the release of the long awaited graphic novel, Brotherman Revelation, a story that reaches back through the generations to set the foundation for the future.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Listen. Ideas that Resonate
Wednesday, August 23 .6:30 PM
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host LISTEN. Ideas that resonate. This ongoing community lecture series produced by cultural curator Karen Marie Mason is designed to spread ideas that resonate through the leadership, scholarship, research and sweat equity of some of our brightest minds. Each LISTEN event features five presenters, representing various disciplines, who openly share their scholarship and expertise in this free public forum.  This event features; Dr. Jewel Pookrum, Preventative and wholistic physician, LaRhonda Sutton, Founder of Film City, LLC,Professor maurice Hobson, GA State University and Jewel Burks, CEO of Part Pick. Karen Marie Mason is the founding CEO of the creative change agency, KMM. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Oynxcon Film Festival
Friday, August 25.
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with ONYXCON Institute, will host the 2017 Onyxcon Film Festival, celebrating cinematic diversity with a focus on the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in realms of speculative fiction.
 
Feature Films
1:00 p.m. Returned
When Benjamin Lathan, a young man losing his battle with cancer, wakes up in a hospital twelve years after the plane he was on disappeared, he finds himself on a personal journey to discover the truth about what happened to him. 
 
3:00 p.m. Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero's 1968 cult horror classic, Night of the Living Dead (1968), features African American actor Duane L. Jones as the ill-fated, yet heroic protagonist Ben.
 
5:00 p.m. Get Out
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut. Get Out, follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman's parents.
 
7:00 p.m. Domestic Seduction
To track down a serial killer, an ex-detective must put his trust in an undercover beat cop and deal with the demons of his past.
This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
BronzeLens Film Festival
August 26 - 27 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the BronzeLens Film Festival, will host BronzeLens Family Day and Cinema and Social Justice Sunday. These films celebrate the struggles and triumphs of a diverse African American community.
 
BronzeLens Family Day People You Should Know
Saturday August 26, 2017
Noon:  Ashley Bryan's World  Director/Producer:  Richard Kane  30:00  Sponsored by DiasporaU 
Ashley Bryan's World is a story about a 93 year old artist who has illustrated over 50 children's books, made magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. His life story is an inspiration to people of all ages.
 
12:40 pm:  Ashley Ashley   10:40  Director:  Ted Sananman
This short documentary features siblings driven by their competitive spirit and the ability to succeed.   Thanks to their father they channel their talents out of the drug violence of 1980"s Brownsville Brooklyn.  It explores their paths to remarkable success in professional boxing and chess
 
1:00 pm  Little Music Manchild: The Malik Kofi Story  26:00   Director:  Malena Cunningham Anderson
Malik Kofi is a budding musical child prodigy. He is home-schooled by his 65 year old grandmother.  They are supported by his older twin brothers who dropped out of college their senior year  to make ends meet for the family. This is an inspirational story about overcoming the odds and family love..
 
1:40 pm  Black Suns: An Astrophysicists Adventure   47:00  Director: Kelvin Z. Philips
Two African American astrophysicists travel across three continents, praying for clear skies and hoping to capture the elusive, magical moment of totality during a total eclipse.  The documentary captures the time of the August 21, 2017 Great American Eclipse.  It's also the story of chasing your dreams and stretching your mind no matter where you come from.
 
2:45 pm  Counter Histories: Rock Hill  54:00       Director: Fr3deR1cK
Meet  the men who stood up for their rights at the counter of the Rock Hill, SC Five and Dime.  Students of Friendship College took on the weight of discrimination under the banner of non-violence..  The courage and passion of these demonstrators ignited a passion that rose into the famed Freedom Rides.
 
Cinema and Social Justice Sunday
Sunday August 27, 2017
2:30 pm  Excerpt from Maynard  Directed by Samuel Pollard
This extended trailer shows an excerpt of the upcoming documentary on Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African American Mayor and his rich legacy.  
 
3:00 pm     The Speech  52:30  Director:  Edward Erne
The film covers the historic victory speech by President Elect Barack Obama given in 2008.  It seeks a dialogue about his words and their effect while assessing a whole era.  It takes us back to the energy of Obama's words, and to an Atlanta woman, Ann Nixon Cooper, who he references  as a source of  hope and achievement.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Pariah
Film Screening 
Wednesday, August 30th. 5:00 p.m.
Written and directed by Dee Rees, Pariah is the tender yet candid examination of Alike (Adepero Oduye) emergent identity. Pariah, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303.
 
Moonlight
Film Screening
Wednesday, August 30. 6:30 p.m.  
In recognition of Atlanta Black Pride (2017), and in collaboration with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of Moonlight, winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, from director Barry Jenkins. This event will include a post screening community dialogue and panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson 
Author’s Discussion and Book Signing
Thursday, August 31. 7:00 p.m.  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Emory University, Professor of English and African American Studies, Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson, who will discuss his latest publication, Chester B. Himes: A Biography. Via exclusive interviews and unrestricted access to Himes’s full archives, Dr. Jackson’s scholarship and astute commentary restores the legacy of this controversial American writer whose work unflinchingly confront issues of gender, racism and black identity.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
Carole Robertson Day
Sunday, September 10, 2:00 PM
In recognition of Carole Robertson Day (September), the Auburn Avenue Research Library,in collaboration with the Lake Spivey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America will host screenings of Watsons Go to Birmingham and 4 Little Girls. Carole Robertson Day is dedicated in the memory of Carole Robertson, one of four girls killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. Carole, who was 14 at the time of her death, was very active in the Birmingham chapter of Jack and Jill.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303.
 
ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta 
Creative Placemaking Events and Workshops
Thursday, September 28 to Sunday October 1. 
In collaboration with Alternate ROOTS, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta, presented in partnership with C4 Atlanta, WonderRoot and The Arts Exchange. ROOTS Weekend-Atlanta is a three day event featuring a dynamic series of performances and workshops; and will showcase visual arts, centered on creative placemaking and developing creative solutions to long-standing issues related to gentrification and displacement. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30303
 
 
 
 
 

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