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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.

The City Too Busy to Hate: The 50th Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination 
Community Wall of Commemoration 
January 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, with community dialogue and memory preservation. Throughout 2018, a memory wall, located on the first floor, is dedicated for public reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. King.  At the conclusion of the year, all reflections will be saved and made accessible to the public in the Archives Division. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Inner City Urban: Vine City
Photographic Exhibition
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Sunday, April 29, 2018 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will present Inner City Urban: Vine City by activist and photographer Rose Smith. This riveting photographic exhibition repositions the viewer directly into the intentional gaze of the Vine City community, artistically subverting traditional power dynamics of “who and what is being seen” constructing a potent social commentary on the intersectionality of race, class, and geography in contemporary Atlanta. Following in the footsteps of Gordon Parks, Roy DeCarava, Baldwin Lee, Jamel Shabazz and Carrie Mae Weems, Rose Smith is a conceptual documentary photographer who uses the medium to reflect contemporary issues that affect people of color. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
Illustrated Children's Literature by Bryan Collier
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, will present selected artwork from 12 Rounds of Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali. This powerfully illustrated poetic verse biography of Ali’s life, from the time he was born to his lighting of the 1996 Olympic Torch in Atlanta, is written by Charles Smith and illustrated by renowned artist Bryan Collier. The artwork in this exhibition is from the Auburn Avenue Research Library Archives' Bryan Collier Collection. This exhibition will be on display in the Children's Gallery. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30303.
 
Black Angels: New Works by Charmaine Minniefield
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Sunday, June 24, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will present 
Black Angels: New Works by Charmaine Minniefield, firmly rooted in womanist social theory and ancestral veneration, Black Angels is a profound reclamation of the celestial nature of Black Woman, that thoughtfully evoke the indigenous African roots of matriarchal centered ritual and traditions found throughout the Black diaspora. Charmaine Minniefield is a lecturer in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College and has served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for 20 years. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values and Emotion
Community Discussion
Wednesday, May 23,. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with WABE 90.1 and ATL PBS will host, author, artist, and philantropist, Joe Barry Carroll.  Who will discuss his latest publication Black American Voices: Shared Culture, values and emotion. Black American Voices features a compilation of carvings juxtaposed with a curated mix of contemporary and vintage portraits of African Americans.  Each snapshot is accompanied by a brief narrative that convey's a defining moment, characteristic, insight or observation in the corresponding subject's life. This book serves as an invitation for readers to see art from a fresh perspective, encouraging cross-cultural and intergenerational conversations. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Where Peachtree meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family
Book Discussion and Signing
Thursday, May 31. 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Gene Kansas, in partnership with Constellations, Auburn Avenue Films and A Cappella Books, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host award-winning author Gary Pomerantz, who in converstaion with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bill Rankin, will discuss his definitive history of white and black Atlanta in the heart of Sweet Auburn.  This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Ebon Dooley 
Archival Collection Opening Celebration
Sunday, June 3. 3:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library is proud to open the Ebon Dooley Collection for research. Ebon Dooley was a renowned community activist, scholar, and poet; and one of the founding champions of WRFG Radio Free Georgia 89.3 FM. Found within the collection are documents and publications on Civic Organizations, Liberation Movements: Africa, Liberation Movements: Asia, Liberation Movements: China, Liberation Movement: Latin America / Caribbean, Liberation Movement: Middle East, Liberation Movement: Native America, Liberation Movement: Women Struggle and Liberation Movement: USA, Newsletters / Articles / Reports, Newsletters, Newspapers & Newsletters, Newspapers & News Clippings, Arts & Culture, Poems and Plays, Radio Station, Southern Education Foundation, National, State & Local Politics and much more. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Truth and Justice: A Conversation with the Central Park 5
Community Dialogue
Wednesday, June 6. 6:30 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Southern Center for Human Rights, will host Truth and Justice: A Conversation with the Central Park 5. This community dialogue will explore the contemporary relevance of the 1989 miscarriage of justice that engulfed Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Rape of Recy Taylor
Film Screening and Community Discussion 
Sunday, June 10. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a screening of The Rape of Recy Taylor. This powerful film recounts the harrowing story of Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her white rapists after a brutal sexual assault, and the NAACP’s chief rape investigator, a woman named Rosa Parks, 
who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood
Community Lecture
Sunday, June 17. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host Dr. Tommy J. Curry, Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, who will discuss his latest publication, The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Chasing Trane
Film Screening and Community Discussion 
Sunday, June 24. 7:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black Music Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and WABE FM 90.1, will host a screening of the documentary, Chasing Trane. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Rock Rubber 45s
Film Screening and with Community Dialogue with Bobbito Garcia
Sunday, June 24. 3:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black Music Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and WABE FM 90.1, will host a screening of the documentary Rock Rubber 45s. This film is a cinematic odyssey, exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Silver Lens: Sistagraphy Celebrates Arts and Activism
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018
In recognition of Sistagraphy’s 25th anniversary, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Silver Lens: Sistagraphy Celebrates Arts and Activism. Sistagraphy is collective of African-American Women Photographers that give emerging and established photographers opportunities to exhibit their photography through local and national venues; and to make a positive difference in the lives of the artists and the community it serves. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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