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The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba 
Film Screening
7:00 PM Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with WRFG 89.3 FM Radio Free Georgia Broadcasting Foundation, Inc., will host a screening of the 2000 movie by Raoul Peck, Lumumba. Lumumba is the true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born, and later Congo-raised writer and director, Raoul Peck renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman, with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland, to build a prosperous nation independent of its former Belgian overlords. WRFG 89.3 FM has been Atlanta’s community radio station, an independent, listener-supported, non-profit media outlet for local musicians, artists, community voices and progressive ideas for over four decades. Since going on the air in 1973, WRFG has filled a void on the Atlanta airwaves. Reflecting Atlanta’s emergence as an “international city”, it pioneered programming oriented toward the area’s growing Latin, African, Asian and Caribbean communities. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
Conversation with Exhibit Curator
2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, will host curator Shantrelle P. Lewis in a conversation on her work in the photographic exhibit Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity. Dandy Lion seeks to distinguish the contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Shantrelle P. Lewis is an independent curator based out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Lewis has served as the Executive Director and Curator of the McKenna Museum of African American Art as well as the Director of Public Exhibitions and Public Programming at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. A 2014 United Nations Programme for People of African Descent Fellow and 2012-13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow, Lewis has curated shows for several institutions including the United Nations, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.n. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Atlanta: Remembrances Beyond the Veil:
The Art of Mary Parks Washington
Community Workshops and Live Performance
Monday, January 28, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) is proud to present a fine art exhibition, featuring part of the AARL's archived collection of works by Mary Parks Washington, Atlanta: Remembrances Beyond the Veil, The Art of Mary Parks Washington.   Curated by Charmaine Minniefield, Atlanta: Remembrances Beyond the Veil is a historized semiautobiographical exhibition thoughtfully collaged from the personal ephemera, communal memory and artistic vision of Mary Parks Washington. A familial reminiscence of her coming of age in Atlanta, this exhibition is a compelling visual reconstruction of a vanishing Black Mecca, with a profound contemporary relevance that peers deep into what W.E.B. Du Bois coined the “Black World beyond the veil”. Mary Parks Washington was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 20, 1924. Her artistic talent was first recognized by her teachers at Booker T. Washington High School. Washington attended Spelman College where she majored in art and studied under three prominent artist; sculptors Elizabeth Prophet, William Artist, and the painter Hale Woodruff. This exhibition is from the AARL Fine Art Collection and the Mary Parks Washington personal papers, etc. and available for public research.
This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with her Song
Exhibition of Illustrated Africana Children's Literature
Monday, January 28, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum, will host Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song, a compelling new exhibition featuring the illustrated children’s literature of award-winning artist/illustrator Charly Palmer. These vivid paintings pulsing with color, movement, and emotion creating a driving visual narrative that alight on significant events, in the life of Miriam Makeba, such as her flight from her homeland in disguise, her powerful testimony at the United Nations, the horrific Soweto killings, and Nelson Mandela’s release from jail, ending with the singer’s triumphant return home after apartheid is ended. Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid―a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat injustice. Charly Palmer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist who studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. Mama Africa! is his first picture book.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Tony Daniels: Architect ofthe Gay Black Mecca
Archives Exhibit Opening Event 
7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019
Join the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with The Counter Narrative Project, for a celebration of the life and legacy of poet, community organizer, and cultural worker Tony Daniels. This event will mark the official opening of the personal archives of Tony Daniels.The collection of personal papers includes Daniels’ works, and encompasses personal journals, as well as the records of ADODI Muse (the black gay men's performance poetry group). This event will also mark the opening of the collection for research; and items from the Tony Daniels Papers will be on display at this  special program. Tony Daniels (1/19/65-6/22/98) born in Albany, GA, was a fierce southern black gay organizer, HIV educator, poet, and cultural worker. He was a founding member of the iconic ADODI Muse and instrumental in the 1990s Black Queer Atlanta Renaissance. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Lost Education of Horace Tate
Uncovering the Hidden Heroes of Educational Justice
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Baton Foundation, Inc., will host Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, who will discuss her publication, The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools. The Lost Education of Horace Tate  is a monumental work that offers fresh insight into the southern struggle for  human rights, revealing little-known accounts of leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois  and James Weldon Johnson, as well as hidden provocateurs like Horace Tate. Just  days after Dr. Tate’s passing in 2002, Dr. Walker found a massive archive documenting the underground actors and covert strategies behind the most significant era of the fight for educational justice. Thus began Walker’s sixteen-year project to uncover the network of educators behind countless battles—in courtrooms, schools, and communities—for the education of black children. Vanessa Siddle Walker, a professor at Emory University, has studied the segregated schooling of African American children for more than twenty years. She is the president of the American Educational Research Association, a former National Academy of Education Post-Doctoral Spencer fellow, and a recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in education. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Ciyah Wells: Uncovering Classical Composers of African Descent Classical Guitar Concert
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host musician and classical guitar performer Ciyadh Wells, as she performs a music suite, featuring pieces composed by musicians of African descent. The concert will explore the intersection between classical music, visual art, and the African diaspora, with musical pieces from composers such as Haitian composer Frantz Casseus, Florence Price (the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer), and Cuban composer and conductor Tania León. Ciyadh Wells is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant with Ideas for Creative Exploration, an initiative for interdisciplinary research in the arts at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Louisville. Ciyadh was recently awarded aYoung People For community activist fellowship and a Diversity and Inclusion Graduate fellowship from the University of Georgia for her work in her community. She maintains a career as an international concert guitarist and teaching artist. The Margins Guitar Collective is an initiative that Ciyadh founded in 2018 which focuses on commissioning works for guitar by diverse composers. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA  30303.
 
After Wakanda II:Towards Bridging the Middle passage
Community Engaement Panel
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., will host a dialogue about contemporary relationships between Black Americans and Africans titled, After Wakanda: Toward Bridging the Middle Passage. For many Black people in the United States and around the world, the 2018 blockbuster movie, Black Panther, was a watershed moment. Seldom had Hollywood portrayed Black people, particularly women, in such positive and empowering ways. Blacks flocked to movie theaters in record numbers not only to see themselves on the silver screen, but also to be seen. Many moviegoers wore African garments  and Black Power memorabilia from the 1960’s. This seemed to be Black Hollywood’s “Barack Obama” moment. Black Panther removed the scab from a centuries-long wound between Black Americans and Africans. Perhaps unknowingly, the movie’s lead characters,and first cousins, T’Challa and Killmonger, brought the relevancy and pain of this wound into relief. Since the movie opened last February, Black people around the country have engaged in conversations about the elusive relationship between Africans born and raised on the African Continent, and those born and raised in the Diaspora–particularly, the United States. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avuenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Lighting the Fires of Freedom
African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Lecture & Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Southern Center for Human Rights, will host author Janet Dewart Bell, who will discuss her publication, Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.In Lighting the Fires of Freedom, Janet Dewart Bell shines a light on women’s  all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Through wideranging conversations with nine women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories, we hear what ignited and fueled their activism, as Bell vividly captures their inspiring voices. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the  Civil Rights Act of 1968, Lighting the Fires of Freedom is a vital document for understanding the Civil Rights Movement, and an enduring testament to the vitality of women’s leadership, during one of the most dramatic periods of American history. Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist with a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University. She founded the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society series at the New York University School of Law. An award-winning television and radio producer, she lives in New York City. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Bound in Wedlock: slave and Free marriage in the Nineteenth Century
Lecture & Book Signing
3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Baton Foundation, Inc., will host Dr. Tera W. Hunter, who will discuss her publication, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century. Bound in Wedlock is the first comprehensive history of African American marriage in the nineteenth century. Uncovering the experiences of African American spouses in plantation records, legal and court documents, and pension files, Dr. Hunter reveals the myriad ways couples adopted, adapted, revised, and rejected white Christian ideas of marriage. Setting their own standards for conjugal relationships, enslaved husbands and wives were creative and, of necessity, practical in starting and supporting families under conditions of uncertainty and cruelty. Dr. Tera W. Hunter is the Edwards Professor of American History and Professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. Professor Hunter attended Duke University where she graduated with Distinction in History. She received a M.Phil. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Yale. Hunter has received numerous fellowships and grants, including the National Humanities Center Fellowship and a Mary I. Bunting Institute fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
None of the Above:
The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal
Discussion & Book Signing
6:00 p.m Wednesday, February 27, 2019
The Auburn Avenue Research library, in collaboration with Charis Books & More, will host educator Shani Robinson and Journalist Anna Simonton, as they discuss their newest publication, None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed and the Criminalization of Educators. Writing with journalist Anna Simonton, Shani Robinson offers a personal story of false accusations and a trial gone wrong within a larger story of political machinations and student performance as pawns in a racist game. The author relates her story amid decades of context on the privatizing of both public schools and prisons, the connections between real estate and public education, the racism underlying urban renewal, and the other factors that have left the Atlanta schools where they are. Shani Robinson, an alumna of Tennessee State University, is an advocate for troubled youth and their families. She taught in the Atlanta Public Schools system for three years. Anna Simonton is an independent journalist based in Atlanta and is an editor for Scalawag magazine. Her work has been published by the Nation, In These Times, and AlterNet, among others. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
 
 

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