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Freedom in Congo Square
The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie
Fine Art Exhibition
The Auburn Avenue Research Library and Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with GAS-ART GIFTS (Gregarious Art Statements), Little Bee Books, and Georgia State University, will host Freedom in Congo Square, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award winning artist R. Gregory Christie. This exhibition, made possible by the generous support of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation, showcases the original art created for the illustrated children’s book, Freedom in Congo Square. Accompanying these absorbing images is the lyrical prose of renowned author Carole Boston Weatherford, creating a powerful exploration into the lived experiences of enslaved Africans, as they struggle to preserve their dignity and African heritage. This exhibition is on display in the Children's Gallery at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

STORIED STONE: ZIMBABWE SHONA ART
Monday, January 30, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017
Fine Art Exhibition
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Gallery, will host Storied Stone: Zimbabwe Shona Art. This exhibition on loan from the Zimbabwe Gallery, and the collection of gallery owner Colin Thompson, features authentic Shona works created by contemporary sculptors who honor thecultural and artistic legacy of their ancestors via stone. Stone art produced from Zimbabwe are often called Shona sculpture, named after the largest tribe historically engaged in sculpting from this region. Zimbabwe, derived from the Shona word dzimbadzamabwe, means ‘house of stone’. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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 event 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, June 25, 2017
In recognition of Women’s History Month (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 program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair
Fine Art Exhibition by Shanequa Gay
Friday, 7:00 p.m. April 21, 2017 Opening Event and Artist Talk
Friday,  April 21, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum will host Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair by Shanequa Gay. Inspired by poet Bill Harris’ Birth of a Notion, with underpinnings in Africana Womanist ideology, this multimedia installation is an eloquent fusion of flawless fine art and fierce social commentary. Serving as both a poetic clarion call to the Black community, and solemn invocation for ancestral intercession. Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair demands the reclamation of authentic Black culture as an instrument of healing and unity. This exhibition is curated by Tracy Murrell, will be presented in the Cary-McPheeters Gallery. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 
Hidden Figures
Film Screening
Friday, April 28. 2017 • 6:00 p.m
In recognition of National Day of Service (2017), The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, will host a screening of the Hidden Figures. Nominated for a Best Picture for Oscar (2017), Hidden Figures, is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -brilliant African-American women working at NASA, in the early 1960s, as the United States fought to surpass the Soviet Union in the global space race. This event will include prescreening Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) activities. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Voices and Flows
Spoken Word Poetry Event
Saturday, April 29. 6:00 p.m.
In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Voices and Flows. This community event will feature original poetry and spoken word performances.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Purple Rain
Film Screening / Community Discussion
In Memory of Prince Rogers Nelson
Sunday, April 30. 3:00 p.m.
In recognition of the one year anniversary of the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, the Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will host a screening of the iconic 1984 American rock musical drama Purple Rain. A landmark visual and sonic masterpiece that blends gritty cinematic intensity with one of Hollywood's most eruptive original scores, Purple Rain launched Prince into global superstardom. This event will also include a post screening panel / community discussion on Prince and his pop culture legacy. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Summer of Gods
Film Screening
Thursday, June 1. 7:00 p.m.  
In collaboration with Oloshas United , the Auburn Avenue Research Library, DiverCity; a local group that promotes multicultural events, will host a screening of the short film, The Summer of Gods. Written and directed by Eliciana Nascimento, The Summer of Gods is an intergenerational parable focused on the beauty and preservation of the Orishas traditions, as practiced in Brazil. This screening will be followed by Understanding Ifa, a community dialogue and panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Understanding Ifa
Community Dialogue and Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 1. 7:30 p.m.  
In collaboration with DiverseCity, the Auburn Avenue Research will host Understanding Ifa. This community dialogue and panel discussion will explore history and contemporary relevance of Ifa, the indigenous, West Africa spiritual tradition conceptualized by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Loving
Film Screening
Monday, June 12. 4:00 p.m.  
In recognition of Loving Day (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of the landmark film, Loving.  The anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia (June 12), struck down all anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. This powerful historical drama celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Mahogany Masquerade
Black Cosplay at its Finest
Friday, June 16. 7:00 p.m.
Explore the fantastic world of contemporary Black Cosplay at the Mahogany Masquerade. This event will also serve as the kickoff for the 2017 NubiaOne Fest, a dynamic conference, featuring educational, entertaining and interactive panel discussions and workshops, all focused on the multimodal expressions of Afrofutures. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
NubiaOne Fest
The Next level of Black Speculative Fiction
Saturday, June 17. 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with NubiaOne, will host the 2017 NubiaOne Fest. Taking Black Speculative Fiction to the next level.  Check http://www.afpls.org/events-aarl for festival schedule. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Undoing the Miseducation of Black Children 
The Value of Culture and Heritage
Community Lecture
Sunday, June 18. 3:00 p.m.  
In recognition of Juneteenth, The Baton Foundation, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host Dr. Joyce E. King, Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University, who will present Undoing the Miseducation of Black Children: The Value of Culture and Heritage. This powerful community lecture will examine the critical importance of using culture and heritage as the framework within which to educate Black children. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
EPI.PHONY: A Sound Realization by Okorie Johnson 
Musical Performance
Friday, June 23. 7:00 p.m. 
In recognition of Black Music Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host cellist and composer, Okorie Johnson, who will perform Epi.phony a concert series exploring a variety of musical styles. Each performance is part of a larger artistic vision, which includes solo-cello performance, looping, video, spoken-literature, and movement. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
13th
Film Screening
Friday, June 30. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will screen Ava Duvernay’s extraordinary documentary, 13th. The documentary, which explores history racial injustice and mass incarceration in the United States, will include a panel discussion.  Civil Rights attorney Mawuli Davis will moderate a panel discussion with; Lee Reid Executive Director of Atlanta Citizen Review Board; Dr. Ward Churchill, Professor and Activist; and Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director of Project South. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 

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