Events Listings

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Freedom in Congo Square

The Illustrated Children’s Literature of R. Gregory Christie

Fine Arts Exhibition

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – Sunday, January 22. 2017

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.

 

The Highwaymen: Legacy of a Landscape

Fine Arts Exhibition 
Monday, January 09, 2017 – Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum and Take on the Arts, will host The Highwaymen: Legacy of a Landscape. This exhibition honors the artistic contribution and historical relevance of The Highwaymen an innovative ensemble of self-taught African American landscape painters founded by charismatic artist / entrepreneur Alfred Hair, in Fort Pierce, Florida in the 1950s. Birthed in the segregated South and defying Jim Crow era oppression the Highwaymen served as the catalyst to an unprecedented arts movement with an ongoing legacy that demands inclusion in American contemporary Art History. The artwork displayed in this exhibition is from the collections of Doretha Hair Truesdell (the widow of Alfred Hair) and Jimmy Stovall.

Community Dialogue Thursday, February 09, 2017 ● 7:00 p.m.

 

The Burning Brush, I am Who I am
The Art of Athlone Clarke

7:00 p.m. Friday, January 27,  Exhibition Artist Talk

Monday, January 23, 2017 – Sunday, April 02, 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host The Burning Brush, I am Who I am: The Art of Athlone Clarke. On fire, but not consumed by the flames, The Burning Brush is an incendiary visual declaration by Athlone Clarke, one of arts most authentic and provocative voices. A metaphorical reference to Exodus 3:1-15 (King James Version), this multimedia exhibition, via a deft fusion of thoughtful brushwork, textual commentary and reclaimed documental artifacts, demands attention and inspires awe. This exhibition will be presented in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s first floor Cary-McPheeters Gallery.

 

Libraries  4 Black Lives @ AARL

Build a World Where Black Lives Matter

Community Discussion  

Saturday, January 21. 7:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Libraries for 4 Black Lives (L4BL), will host a public forum on reaffirming the role of American Libraries as advocates against marginalization and injustice by upholding its core values of equity, civic engagement and intellectual freedom.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Darren English featuring Carmen Bradford

Jazz on Auburn Avenue

Celebration of Congo Square

Musical Concert  

Sunday, January 22. 4:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Jazz Lovers, will host South African trumpeter extraordinaire Darren English featuring Carmen Bradford. In the tradition of the classic straight ahead strong hard bop trumpeters Darren English leads a sizzling quartet, featuring renowned vocalist, Carmen Bradford of the Count Basie Band. Sponsored by the Atlanta Jazz Lovers, a local organization committed to providing free jazz performances at public venues, this concert will celebrate the January 28, 1993 addition of Congo Square, what many consider the birthplaces of Jazz to the National Register of Historic Places. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.    

 

Know Your Rights Community Discussion
Thursday, February 26, 2017 • 5:00 p.m.
 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Citizens Review Board, will host Know Your Rights a community discussion facilitated by Atlanta Citizens Review Board Outreach Specialist Charles Curry. This public dialogue will explore the fundamental rights afforded to individuals when interacting with law enforcement. In addition to understanding individual rights this event will also focus on the role of both the community and the Atlanta Citizens Review Board in providing citizen oversight of misconduct accusations against sworn members of the police and corrections departments in the City of Atlanta. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 404.613.4010  
 

A Retrospective

Ethnic Notions: Wednesday, February 2, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

Tongues Tied:   Thursday, February 3, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

 

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Counter Narrative Project, will host Marlon Riggs at 60: A Retrospective honoring the legacy of activist and filmmaker, Marlon Riggs (February 3, 1957 – April 5, 1994).  A champion of marginalized communities Marlon Riggs’ critically acclaimed films unflinchingly speak truth to power on controversial themes of American identity – particularly as they relate to the black experience in the United States. Each event will include a facilitated post screening discussion.

 

Ethnic Notions (1987), which examines the evolution of racial consciousness in America by historically tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes that continue to fuel anti-black prejudice.

 

Tongues Tied (1989), intimately explores the interior lives of gay black men via a compelling fusion of personal narrative with collective memory

 

 SANKOFA: A Haile Gerima Film

Friday, February 10, 2017 • 6:00 p.m.

 
In celebration of Bobfest (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with FTP Movement, will host a screening of the Haile Gerima’s acclaimed film, Sankofa.  Sankofa is a visceral account of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade told from the perspective of the enslaved.  Developed from 20 years of research into the history of the Trans- Atlantic slave trade, this film authentically presents enslaved Africans as complex, fully developed characters asserting their humanity in the face of brutal subjugation and acting as agents in their own liberation. Hosted by Kalonji Jama Changa, this screening will include a cultural market place, community discussion and performances.  This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 

Celebrate and Elevate 

A Communal Conversation on Alvin Ailey

Community Discussion

Saturday, February 11. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Alvin Ailey Ambassadors of Atlanta, will host Celebrate and Elevate: A Communal Conversation on Alvin Ailey. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

The Merikins: Forgotten Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812

Community Lecture / Book Signing

Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in recognition of Black History Month (2017) will host artist and author Tina Maria Dunkley, who will discuss her latest book, The Merikins, Forgotten Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812. A vivid exploration into unknown American history, this publication celebrates the story of enslaved Africans who fought in the War of 1812 for the British Royal Navy as “Colonial Marines” and regained not only their freedom, but also land in South Trinidad for their service to the British Crown. Accessible and well researched this book also honors the thriving descendants of these original freedom fighters who continue to live on the land secured by the sacrifice and courage of their African American forefathers.This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.    

 

From Old Guard to Vanguard: A Second Generation Panther by Malik Ismail

Author’s Discussion and Book Signing       

Saturday, February 25. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host local author and historian Malik Ismail, who will discuss his latest publication, From Old Guard to Vanguard: A Second Generation Panther. This compelling book explores the historical importance and the ongoing contemporary relevance of the Black Panther Party. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 

 

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket
Sunday, February 26, 2016 • 3:00 p.m. 
 
In collaboration with The Baton Foundation, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of the powerful documentary James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket.  Via striking archival footage and historical newsreels, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, intimately captures the passionate intellect and prophetic voice of thisiconic writer who demanded Americans, both Black and White, to authentically confront their shared racial tragedy. This film also skillfully connects excerpts from Baldwin's major literary works - Go Tell it on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, Another Country,The Fire Next Time, Blues for Mister Charlie, If Beale Street Could Talk – directly to real-time racial conflicts in the United States. This event will included a post screening discussion facilitated by Anthony Knight, Founder and ‎President of The Baton Foundation.  This event is free and open to the public at  Auburn Avenue Research Library at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303  
 

Voices of Muslim Women from the U. S. South

Wednesday, March 22. 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening and Public Lecture   

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of English, will host a screening of Voices of Muslim Women from the US South. Moroccan born filmmaker Dr. Maha Marouan, associate professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University, explores Muslim culture through the lens of five University of Alabama Muslim students, who must navigate issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class on a daily basis. Dr. Maha Marouan will lead the film screening and accompanying lecture followed by a post screening question and answer session. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi

Film Screening

Saturday, April 22. 3:00 p.m.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in recognition of Earth Day (2017), will host a screening of Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi. This extraordinary film reveals the captivating story of a Delta community called Mileston, in which sharecropping families gained control of 10,000 acres of some of the best land in the state as a result of a radical New Deal era experiment in the 1930’s; and as landowners, became instrumental leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.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. 3:00 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. 

 

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