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As a precautionary response to the spread of coronavirus(COVID-19), all Fulton County Library System locations including The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will suspend operations.  This suspension of operation includes the suspension of any public programming and events effective immediately until further notice. During our closure please utilize the Fulton County Library System’s electronic resources such as Hoopla, Overdrive, RB Digital, and Freegal, which are accessible with a valid Fulton County Library System Library card.

AARL July Virtual Programs

360 Degrees of Blackness Comin’ At You
Live Poetry Performance  
7:00 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2020
Register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y7tc3usj
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Phyllis Iller, will host a live performance of poetry and prose that has been gleaned from the 1970s anthology, 360 Degrees of Blackness Comin’ At You, originally curated by Sonia Sanchez, from poems written by the students in a creative writing class at the Countee Cullen Library in Harlem, New York. This event will bring these compelling works of poetry to life, bridging the lived Black experience to universal ideas on love, loss, and everyday humanity. Phyllis.iller is a multi-media company based on Black self-love and communal growth.
 
Conversation with Willy T. Ribbs 
Curated Rebroadcasting of AARL Lectures / Discussions 
7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2020
In light of the national attention focused on NASCAR’s only Black driver Bubba Wallace, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will rebroadcast the community conversation with retired American race car driver Willy T. Ribbs. Willy T. Ribbs was the Jackie Robinson of auto racing. Despite being a Formula Ford champion in England, Willy T. had another race to win when he returned to America—the race against bigotry. Many owners, mechanics, sponsors, and drivers in the racing world derisively referred to Willy as “Uppity” behind his back.  Death-threats, unwarranted suspensions, and engine sabotage followed him throughout his journey in racing. Despite the setbacks, he was an amazing driver and became one of the winningest drivers in the history of the Trans Am series. The establishment did everything in their power to keep this great driver down, based on his defiant attitude and antics. Through sheer determination, Willy shattered the color barrier in professional racing, becoming the first Black man to race in the Indy 500. This community discussion was originally presented on June 29, 2019, as a post-screening dialogue for the documentary film Uppity. View this discussion www.facebook.com/AuburnAvenueResearchLibrary
  
A History of Mistrust
Mainstream Media, African American Public Health and COVID-19
Community Panel Discussion
7:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2020
Register for this Discussion at https://tinyurl.com/ycd7aa39
In collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of African-American Studies and the National Council of Black Studies, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will present A History of Mistrust: Mainstream Media, As African American Public Health continues to bear the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic, this community panel discussion will explore the historical foundation and contemporary relevance of the Black communities’ distrust of media coverage on public health issues. This discussion will also examine ways to disseminate accurate, and culturally relevant, health information to Black Americans that protect all in the community and save lives, especially those who are underserved and underrepresented. Facilitated by Dr. Lisa Shannon, Georgia State University, panelist include Rohan B. Preston and Cydney Tucker of Aljazeeher news; Gail McFarland, Georgia State University 
Media Ph.D. candidate; and Zana Sanders, Georgia State University African American Graduate Studies student. 
 
Bring Your A Game 
African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 
Film Screening and Post Screening Community Discussion with Filmmaker Mario Van Peebles 
3:00 p.m. July 18, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will host a screening of the film, Bring Your A Game, by Mario Van Peebles. Generating a national conversation on the plight of Black men and boys, this groundbreaking documentary film uses inspired cinematic techniques and innovative technologies to detail comprehensive strategies that transform the lived experiences of Black men and boys in the United States. Celebrating the resilience and influence of Black males, this film is an action-oriented clarion call to reverse the entrenched trend of poor quality of life outcomes for far too many black men and boys. Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer, and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots", starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire", "The Last Ship", "Sons of Anarchy," and "Lost”. The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies, with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora.  AAFCA members are also involved in advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism.
Visit AARL Facebook page for discussion link at  https://facebook.com/AuburnAvenueResearchLibrary
 
Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
Africana Virtual Storytime
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will present a virtual Africana Story Time reading of Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan's adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia resonates both with rhythm and the tale's universal meanings—appreciating one's heritage and discovering the beauty within. Africana Virtual Storytime presents the scope and breadth of AARL’s collection of illustrated Africana children’s literature -  empowering educators, parents, and caregivers with the resources and skills to share stories of the diasporic Black experience with children. View this Public Lecture at www.facebook.com/AuburnAvenueResearchLibrary
 
Sankofa Lecture
Curated Rebroadcasting of AARL Lectures / Discussions 
Reparations Then and Now: America’s Debt to Black People
7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, will rebroadcast Dr. Chike Akua's lecture "Reparations Then and Now: America’s Debt to Black People". This community dialogue was originally recorded on October 2019. Dr. Chike Akua will explore the history and contemporary relevance of America's moral dilemma over the compounding debts owed the descendants of enslaved Africans for the Nation's shameful legacy of sanctioned chattel enslavement and legal systemic racial discrimination. Dr. Akua will also examine compelling theories on the implementation of reparations. View this Public Lecture at www.facebook.com/AuburnAvenueResearchLibrary
 
House Party 
African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 
Film Screening and Post Screening Community Discussion with Filmmaker Reginald Hudlin 
3:00 p.m. July 25, 2020
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will host a screening of the classic comedy film "House Party", with a post-screening discussion with the film’s writer and director Reginald Hudlin. House Party is a 1990 cult classic written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, based on his award-winning Harvard University student film, and released by New Line Cinema. The film stars Kid and Play, of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris. The film also stars Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell and Gene "Groove" Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora. AAFCA members are also involved in advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism. Reginald Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, creating movies like HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG and BEBE’S KIDS, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Hudlin was a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s film, DJANGO UNCHAINED; BURNING SANDS; co-producer of the 88th Oscars broadcast and the NAACP Image Awards. He has been a writer of SPIDER MAN and BLACK PANTHER comic book series and was the executive producer and writer of the animated BLACK PANTHER series. Visit AARL Facebook page for discussion link at https://https://www.facebook.com/AuburnAvenueResearchLibrary 
 
Olympic Pride- American Prejudice
Virtual Community Discussion on Films about the Black Diaspora
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Register in advance for this community discussion at https://tinyurl.com/ycxd7gks
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a Virtual Community Discussion featuring the documentary film, "Olympic Pride- American Prejudice".  This film explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.  Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. This film can be viewed via Hoopla at https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11797311 Register in advance for this community discussion at https://tinyurl.com/ycxd7gks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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