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As a precautionary response to the spread of coronavirus(COVID-19), all Fulton County Library System locations including The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will suspend operations.  This suspension of operation includes the suspension of any public programming and events effective immediately until further notice. During our closure please utilize the Fulton County Library System’s electronic resources such as Hoopla, Overdrive, RB Digital, and Freegal, which are accessible with a valid Fulton County Library System Library card.

AARL September Virtual Programs

The Lynching Morehouse Man:
The Murder of Dennis Hubert
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Given the February 23, 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia; the March 13, 2020 killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky; and the May 24, 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and in recognition of the ongoing demonstrations for racial justice in the United States, the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Black Mecca of the South Tour, will host local historian Nasir Muhammad, who will present the Lynching of a Morehouse Man: The Murder of Dennis Hubert.
Register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/y5rtqu5m 
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
Rebroadcast of AARL Recorded Events
7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020
From one of our most respected cultural observers, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity. Damon Young is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of VerySmartBrothas , coined "the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet", by The Washington Post; and recently acquired by Univision and Gizmodo Media Group to be a vertical of The Root and a columnist for GQ.com. Damon's writing -- which vacillates from anthropological satire and absurdist racial insights to razor-sharp cultural critique and unflinching indictments of privilege and bias -- has often generated praise from his peers. Ava DuVernay called his voice "clear and critical." Micheal Eric Dyson said he's "one of the most important young voices in humor writing today ", and Kiese Laymon called his work "the best of American twenty-first-century writing."
 View this program at www.facebook.com/AuburnAvenueResearchLibrary
Super Heroes in Color:
Conversations on the Presence of Black
Characters, Narratives, and Culture in the Comic Universe
Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020
This discussion will focus on the history and contemporary relevance of 1978, DC Comics’ celebrity comic book, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, which features Superman teaming up with the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to defeat an alien invasion of Earth. A racialized exploration into the visual and narrative construction of this iconic comic, this conversation will use Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, as a lens to discuss the socio-political climate of the late 70s and the evolution and meaning of Blackness in popular American culture. Superman vs. Muhammad Ali was based on an original story by Dennis O'Neil, which was adapted by Neal Adams, with pencils by Adams, figure inks by Dick Giordano, and background inks by Terry Austin.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Africana Virtual Story Time
3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.
A Man Named Pearl
Community Discussion Films About the Black Diaspora
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020
A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. In 1976, Pearl took a job in a can factory in Bishopville, South Carolina. New to this rural southern town, he and his wife, Metra, looked at a house for sale in an all-white neighborhood. The Fryars' real estate agent was notified by neighbors in the prospective neighborhood that a black family was not welcome. A homeowner voiced the collective concern: "Black people don't keep up their yards."


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