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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.
Collier Heights: Photographic Exhibit
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Sunday, August 09, 2015
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, will host Collier Heights: A Photographic Exhibit. Taken by photographer Lydia A. Harris, 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. Lydia A. Harris will facilitate an Artist’s Talk on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. This exhibit will be on display in the AARL Satellite Gallery @ Hammonds House Museum located at 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
Remembering the Redwood Grill
Author Book Signing and Discussion
Sunday, June 07, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.
Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Southwest Library, and Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host restaurateur A. Rod Womack who will discuss his latest publication, Redwood. This personal memoir examines the heyday of Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor, via Mr. Womack’s experiences as the proprietor of the iconic Redwood Grill, located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
The Legacy of Jefferson Franklin Long: Facilitated by Monica Kauffman Pearson
Saturday, June 20, 2013 • 3:00 p.m.
The Afro‑American Historical and Genealogical Society, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, will host Atlanta broadcast legend and award-winning journalist Monica Kauffman Pearson, who will facilitate a community lecture, entitled The Legacy of Jefferson Franklin Long. Highlighting primary historical resources and documents, Mrs. Kauffman Pearson will discuss her journey as a researcher into the life and legacy of Jefferson Franklin Long, Georgia's first African American congressman (elected in December of 1870), and the first African American to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives (February 1, 1871). This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
Let Freedom Sing
How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, June 20, 2015 • 5:30 p.m.
In recognition of Black Music Month 2015 (June), Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Friends of the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of the feature film, Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement (94 minutes). Let Freedom Sing examines the lives of those who lifted their voice in lyrical outrage against racial discrimination, celebrating the connection between music and the fight for a better world. This event will also include a reception / listening party with the sale of rare vintage vinyl LPs from the time period. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Auburn Avenue Research Library.
Space is the Place
Thursday, June 25, 2015 • 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host a screening of the indie cult classic, Space Is the Place. Intentionally created as a satirical homage to the low-budget science fiction films of the 50's and 60's, Space Is the Place is the psychedelic visual fusion of Sun Ra's avant-garde jazz compositions, futuristic Afro-Egyptian mythology and radical black power ideologies. This is the director's cut of the 1974 film production restored to its original 82-minute length, featuring a climactic live performance by the Intergalactic Solar Arkestra, one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history. This film (85 minutes) contains adult themes and images, and is not suitable for children.
Black Girl (La Noire De…)
African Cinema as Art Film Series, Featuring the Work of Ousmane Sembene
Saturday, June 27, 2013 • 3:00 p.m.
As part of the African Cinema as Art Film Series, featuring the father of African cinema Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host a screening of the feature film, Black Girl (La Noire De…). Written and directed, by Ousmane Sembène, and starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl, centers on a young Senegalese woman’s immigration to France to work as a servant. This classic was the director's first feature-length film, and is considered the first African film by an African filmmaker to receive international attention. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
Black Noise Navigators
The Fusion of Mythology and Science in the Creation of Black Music
Sunday, June 28, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Black Noise Navigators: The Fusion of Mythology and Science in the Creation of Black Music. Presented in partnership with Sipp Creative, this event will be facilitated by veteran curator and interdisciplinary artist Kevin Sipp, who will examine the critical role of mythology and science in the creation of black music throughout the Diaspora. This event will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. This event will be held at the Southwest Library, 3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta 30331.
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