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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.

Jamaican Maroon
Photo Exhibition
September 28 – October 22, 2017                  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State Department of History invites you to explore the daily life, culture and environment of the Windward Maroons of Jamaica in their homeland of the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park. The exhibit features the photography of award winning Atlanta based photographer Mettina van der Veen; and a display of arts, crafts and artifacts from the collection of Georgia State University Department of History Professor Harcourt Fuller. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GROOTS Weekend-Atlanta 
 
Through His Eyes: An Artistic Look at the
Amazing & Inspiring Tales of Ashley Byran
Wednesday, October 4 - Sunday,December 31, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is proud to exhibit the works of legendary children’s books illustrator, Ashley Bryan, in Through His Eyes: An Artistic Look at the Amazing and Inspiring Tales of Ashley Bryan.  Through his use of both bright colors and black and whites, over a 55 year career, Ashley Bryan has created an artistic resume like no other. As an award winning artist, author, and educator, Ashley Bryan has been a benchmark for aspiring children’s book illustrators around the world.  Bringing together pieces from such literary works as The Story of the Three Kingdoms, Sing to the Sun, I’m Going to Sing, The Story of Lightning and Thunder, and Walk Together Children: Black American Spirituals, The Auburn Avenue Research Library celebrates with a small glimpse “Through His Eyes.” This exhibit is free and open to the publicat 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess
Community Film Screening and Lecture
Sunday, October 22. 3:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of History will host a screening of the documentary Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess. This stunning film explores the history and contemporary relevance of this larger than life mystical figure; deftly recounting her story and the indomitable resistance movement of the Jamaican Maroons, through songs, reenactments, performances, scholarly interviews, and most importantly the Maroons themselves. Dr. Harcourt Fuller of the Georgia State University’s Department of History and co-creator / producer of the Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess will facilitate a post screening community dialogue. This event is free and open to the public at 101Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga 30301   
 
The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson 
Community Lecture 
Wednesday, Oct 25. 7:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University's Alonzo A. Crim Center will host Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, who will discuss his latest publication, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. Skillfully examined through the prism of the black New South, Dr. Hobson exposes the historical schism between the Atlanta’s Black political elite, and poor and working class citizens, complicating the long-held view of the city as the mecca for black people. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Fonko
Film Screening 
Thursday, October 26. 6:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Spread Love, will host a screening of the documentary Fonko. The great musical revolution of today is happening now in Africa, where urban club music is merging with traditional styles. New global technologies have unleashed Africa’s creative genius, spreading music, arts and ideas to the rest of the world at an unprecedented scale. In Fonko we meet some of the most innovative and thought-provoking creatives on the continent, who are redefining African culture and influencing every genre of music. This event is a part of SH K R : Sights, Sounds and Spirit of the African Diasporic Experience. Inspired by Fela Anikulapo Kuti.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Atlanta We Read: A Fly Girl Literary Mixer
Saturday, October 28. 3:00 p.m. 
Literary Panel Discussion
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) will host, Atlanta We Read: A Fly Girl Literary Mixer. Connect with some of today’s hottest female writers as they speak on writing and relationships. Moderated by Talia O. of The Shade Room this event features national bestselling authors Tamika Newhouse, Myss Shan, New York Times Bestselling author Mary B. Morrison, and newcomer Legendary LaQuita. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Show Ability
Musical Performance
Monday, October 30. 6:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Abel 2, Inc., invites you to enjoy the Amazing Talents of artists who are just a little “different” in celebration of Disability Employment Awareness M onth! This showcase will feature Latin dance music from W illie Ziavino and The C.O.T. Band, standard Jazz from singer Rusty Taylor, contemporary music from saxophonist Jarrien Irving, and lots of laughs from comedic M C “M r. M iraKool” Jessie Simms. Abel 2 is a 501c3 nonprofit arts and human services organization focused on increasing the profile of Performers and Audiences with Disabilities. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Flesh of History across Borders and Boundaries
Community Lecture and Performance 
Thursday November 02. 6:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association will host author, journalist, and filmmaker Fabienne Kanor, who will explore thru performance art and conversation, the psychological and physical trauma encompassed in the commodification of black bodies. This event will be moderated by Dr. Gladys Francis. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.   
 
The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited
A Celebration of African American Philanthropy 
Saturday, November 04. – Sunday, January 21.
Featured Honorees Gallery Opening November 1. 6 p.m.
James"Jay" Bailey .Sivan Hines. Lovette Twyman Russell
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Soul of Philanthropy (TSOP) a groundbreaking art exhibition dedicated to the sharing the traditions of African American philanthropy in the United States. This comprehensive multimedia exhibition has been brought to the Atlanta by presenting sponsor: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, in partnership with Hammonds House Museum. Local support has also come from African American Development Officers, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Wells Fargo, and State Farm. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Talking Black in America
Film Screening
Sunday, November 05. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host a screening of the documentary film Talking Black in America. Drawing from the perspectives of everyday speakers and the guidance of historians, linguists, and educators, Talking Black in America showcases the history and symbolic role of language in the lives of African Americans and highlights its tremendous impact on the speech and culture of the United States. The documentary addresses the persistent misinformation about African American speech and situates it as an integral part of the historical and cultural legacy of all Americans. This event will include a post screening discussion with Poet / Musician Derrick ABYSS Graham, Music Producer DJ Nabs, and Linguist Tracey Weldon, Associate Producer of Talking Black in America. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
 
 
 

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