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Tell Them We Are Rising
The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Film Screening
7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20.
In recognition of the Annual National Historically Black Colleges
and Universities (HBCUs) Week, the Auburn Avenue Research
Library will host a screening of the documentary: "Tell Them
We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities". Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the film examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity. "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" is the second in a three-part series called America Revisited that includes The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and the upcoming, The Slave Trade: Creating A New World. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
One Person, One Vote:
How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy
Lecture and Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Friday, September 21.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host academic author and
scholar Carol Anderson as she discusses her book:"One Person, No Vote". In her book, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government dictated racial discrimination as more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. With vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans. Professor Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler  professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Professor Anderson’s research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice, and equality in the United States. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Film Screening and Discussion
3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with The Baton
Foundation, Inc., will host a film screening about the life and work of
playwright Lorraine Hansberry: "Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart".
The film sheds valuable light on all aspects of the film production of
A Raisin in the Sun–including the daunting challenge of securing
investments and a venue for a movie, the casting process, artistic
debates, and finally, its public reception. The documentary features 
interviews with the play’s original castm members, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Glynn Turman, director Lloyd Richards, producer Phil Rose, supporter Harry Belafonte, as well as writer Amiri Baraka. The Baton Foundation exists to facilitate the transmission of factgrounded information about African Diasporic culture and history, with the purpose of strengthening Black boys and adolescents emotionally, culturally, and intellectually. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Sweet Auburn Reads: An American Marriage
Community Book Club Discussion
7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host the Sweet Auburn
Reads Community Reading Group in their discussion of the
novel: ''An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones. In the book, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. Roy is a young executive, and Celestial is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. "An American Marriage" is a masterpiece of storytelling; an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving into the future. The Sweet Auburn Reads Community  Reading Group is a quarterly communal reading group dedicated to exploring Atlanta’s rich contemporary black literary scene. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The Gathering: 30 Years of Black Visual Arts in Atlanta
Community Panel Discussion
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with
Hammonds House Museum, invites an esteemed group of scholars, artists, curators, and administrators to reflect on 30 years of Black Visual Art in Atlanta. Panelists will explore the impact and influence of institutions, agencies, artists, and collectors on Black visual arts in Atlanta and give us a peek into the future to imagine what the next 30 years might look like. For more information about the event visit the Hammond's House Museum events page at This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library Presents a Special Live Stream Event
Newberry Medal Award Winner, Christopher Paul Curtis
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 2.
Tune in through our Facebook Live Stream
Christopher Paul Harris (born May 10, 1953) is an American writer of children’s  books.  He is known for the Newberry Medal- winning Bud, Not Buddy and the Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963. The latter was adapted for a TV movie of the same name, which aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2013. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Chokehold: Policing Black Men 
Book Signing and Community Lecture
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host former federal prosecutor Paul Butler who will discuss his latest publication Chokehold: Policing Black Men. In his no-holds-barred style, Butler uses new data to demonstrate that white men commit the majority of violent crime in the United States. For example, a white woman is ten times more likely to be raped by a white male acquaintance than be the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by a black man. Butler also discusses the problem of black on black violence and how to keep communities safe without relying as much on law enforcement.  A former federal prosecutor, Paul Butler provides legal commentary for CNN, MSNBC, and NPR and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in theWashington Post. A law professor at Georgetown University, he is the author of Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, and winner of the Harry Chapin Media Award. He has published numerous op-eds and book reviews, including in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
a3c Conference
Action Summit
12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. October 4-5
SHOOK Art Exhibition Curated by Kevin Sipp and John Jennings     
Thursday, Oct 4   12:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m.  Cary-McPheeters Gallery
Experience 'SHOOK' art exhibition gallery curated by Kevin Sipp and John Jennings. The experience of African descendants in The America’s has been one rooted in horror and transcendence. The enslavement of the Africans who gave birth to African American culture (North, Central, and South) coincided with the birth of Gothic literature and culture. The demonization of the black body and black cultural and spiritual expression is one of the unspoken ghosts haunting the spiritual crisis of Euro-blues literature, better known as Gothic.
Hellhounds on My Tracks: Gothic Horror, Haunted Music, and African American History.
Thursday, Oct 4  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Authors & Writers' Lounge
This panel will look at trends in the history of African aesthetic survival through music and art and how the spiritual and creative push back in the Americas against white supremacy gave birth to rebel folk music and laid the roots of hip hop musical rebellion.
BO$$-UP: Tools for Young Entrepreneurs Presented by Rap Snacks  Careshia Moore, Usher's New Look, Interim President & CEO  
Thursday, Oct 4   1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Auditorium
Build your own business in this workshop session with the 
Executive Director of the  Rap Snacks Foundation, WiseIntelligent.
TBD Political Hip Hop -  Thursday, Oct 4  2:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Heritage Education Center
Environmental Justice Forum  Garry Harris,
Center for Sustainable Communities, Managing Director   
Thursday, Oct 4  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Authors & Writers' Lounge 
Learn how the Environmental Justice Academy (EJA) is using the Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS). Model to teach community leaders how to identify and remedy environmental justice challenges. Build with other grassroots organizations, community-based leaders, students, local government and academia. 
Women's Role in Music & Activism
Friday, Oct 5  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Authors & Writers' Lounge
This session, accompanied by a live curated playlist, examines the trajectory of women in hip-hop.This discussion of Gender and hip-hop acknowledges that despite the constant pitting of women against each other, since the beginning of hip-hop, women have filled various roles that have shaped, shifted and moved the culture forward.Ife Jie, #RealBlackGirls; YoNasDa, Lonewolf Hip Hop 4 Foundation; Kyesha Jennings, NC State University.
Accelerator Finalists: Past & Present Marcus Blackwell, Make Music Count, CEO;Malika Whitley ChopArt, CEO & Founder
Thursday, Oct 4 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cary-McPheeters Gallery
Stop in for an informal chat with our Accelerator finalists, past and present. Connect with other passionate nonprofit founders and hear about their journeys to successful social change.
Silence the Shame with Shanti Das
Thursday, Oct 4 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Auditorium
Multicultural communities are faced with critical issues when treating or addressing mental health. Silence The Shame is an initiative started by music industry veteran Shanti Das under her Hip-Hop Professional Foundation. 
#MightyHealthy: Spiritual, Psychological and Physical Fitness
Thursday, Oct 4   5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  Authors & Writers' Lounge
Deep dive into holistic health for the conscious artist and join experts for an immersive workshop experience discussing all aspects of fitness. Including food demonstrations, meditation sessions, spiritual health practices, giveaways, and mental health discussions.
Entrepreneurism as a Community Builder: Keynote with Killer Mike
Thursday, Oct 4  7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Auditorium
Listen in to Killer Mike and other successful entrepreneurs and community leaders as they discuss  the unique opportunities facing them to build community, learn from each other, and support 
future development.
Everytown for Gun Safety: The Movement to End Gun Violence
Friday, Oct 5 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. , Auditorium
Creating Community Conscious Digital Leadership 
Tiffany Green-Abdullah GSU, Learning Community Development
Friday, Oct 5  2:00 p.m. - 3:00p.m. Heritage Education Center
The teaching for Social Justice and Democracy series focuses on instructional strategies and unique teaching methods centered on emerging social justice issues. GSU faculty from various departments will discuss their discoveries, realizations and methods used to integrate current social justice issues into classroom activities while creating In this workshop, participants will present some of the successes of the program and the digital projects that address social and community issues.engagement, motivation and inspiration to GSU students. 
Using Innovation to Hack The School-To-Prison Pipeline
Friday, Oct 5 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Authors & Writers' Lounge
Learn how five fast-rising startup founders are using innovative techniques to target young men and women, educators, and ex-offenders to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Cierra FLY Bobo FLY Life Inc & Baiyina Jihad, Beyond the Classroom
Voice Your Vote presents: Influencing the Revolution: How Millennials Can Leverage Political Engagement for Change
Friday, Oct 5  3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Heritage Education Center
Come to this workshop to learn how to integrate civic engagement into a millennial lifestyle. Activism comes in many shapes and forms. Join us as we show you how to get more involved in the issues you care about and get registered to vote in the state of GA.
Artists, Activists, & Academics:  Keynote with Talib Kweli and Trae the Truth
Friday, Oct 5 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Auditorium
Identity, Art and a Freedom Agenda Hip Hop positions the intersection of identity and art as an example of representation and resistance. How is the construct of visibility too often elusive for the “marginalized” that remain central to the culture best utilized toward the good of the self, the community and the broader body politic? Moderator: Dr. David Wall Rice, Morehouse College. Panelist:Talib Kweli, Trae the Truth, & State Representative Bruce Franks, Jr.
Action Accelerator Pitch Night
Friday, Oct 5  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Auditorium
The Action Accelerator Pitch Night is a national competition to find, support, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement. Watch our 5 finalists from all over the country pitch their ideas and compete for $10,000 to make their idea a reality. The Action Summit is FREE with RSVP: event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.                      
Grace Will Lead You Home
Discussion and Book Signing
3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host author Dr. Nina Nelson- Garrett as she discusses her latest publication, Grace Will Lead You Home. This compelling autobiographical  novel follows the life of a black woman and physician Dr. Grace Wilson-Livingston who, facing an upcoming mastectomy, travels home to Jackson, Mississippi. Drawing on both her personal history and medical expertise, Dr. Nelson-Garrett crafts an emotionally rich work that intimately explores one woman’s journey toward grace and well-being at the intersection of  family and faith. Dr. Nina P. Nelson-Garrett spent her formative years in Jackson, Mississippi. She completed a double major in Molecular Biology and Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University and attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. She then completed a Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Emory University in Atlanta in 1995. In 2007 she joined Capital City Gastroenterology in Montgomery, Alabama. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
Atlanta Poetry Kitchen: Writers Roundtable
Film Screening and Community Workshop
3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Hammond's House Museum will host Atlanta's Poetry Kitchen Writers Roundtable / Film Screening facilitated by poet and educator Felton Eaddy.This writers roundtable is open to poets  of all levels, and willbe anchored by the screening of the Maya Angelou: And Still IRise, the first feature documentary on the author/activist Dr.Maya Angelou with never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Birthright Citizens: Race and Rights in Antebellum America
Book Signing and Community Lecture
3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., will host Martha S. Jones, of Johns Hopkins University, who will discuss her latest publication Birthright Citizens: History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America. Birthright Citizens tells how Black activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, black laws threatened to deport formerly enslaved women, men, and children born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how these activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. Professor Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian who writes about race, law, citizenship, slavery and the rights of women.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Odd One Out: Nic Stone in Conversation with Denene Milner
Discussion and Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Tuesday , October 9.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone, who in conversation with award-winning journalist and author Denene Millner, will discuss her latest publication, Odd One Out. Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone, boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning book. Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Denene Millner is a highly respected and sought after award-winning journalist whose captivating books, columns and essays have secured her foothold in the entertainment, parenting, book publishing and social media industries. The veteran author has written and collaborated on 27 critically acclaimed and bestselling books. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Men of Bronze: The Black American Heroes of World War I 
Film Screening
7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
(ASALH), will host a screening of Men of Bronze, the definitive story of Black American soldiers of the 369th U.S. combat regiment, the 15th Infantry from New York, known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," who served with the French army in World War I.The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is an organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of African-American History. It is a non-profit organization founded in Chicago, Illinois, on September 9, 1915, and incorporated in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 1915, as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). ASALH's official mission is "to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community." This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Through Our Eyes: Young Adult Art Exhibition Inspired by the Hate U Give
Fine Art Exhibition
Friday, October 12 – Sunday, December 02
6:30 p.m. Friday, October 12 Exhibition Opening Event
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with 20th
Century Fox will present "Through Our Eyes: The Hate U Give
Exhibition”. Inspired by the upcoming film based on author, Angie Thomas’ award-winning Teen novel, “The Hate U Give”, the exhibit features original works created by local Atlanta teens. Addressing themes such as gang violence, racism, police brutality, the U.S. court system, and family life, the teens make use of various art mediums and styles to convey how they see these various topics through their eyes. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Atlanta Radical Book Fair
Books. History. Art. Revolution
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with On Own Authority! Publishing and the African American Studies Department at Georgia State University, will host the Atlanta Radical Book Fair. This fair is a gathering of radical left writers, publishers, artists, activists, and community organizations from across the American South and beyond. The 2018 fair will host panel discussions exploring topics such as police violence, immigrant solidarity, Black Power movements in the Caribbean, Indigenous anti-colonialism in North America, and the intersections of Blackness, anarchism, and social ecology. The Book Fair will also feature an indoor market with tables from radical publishers, artists, booksellers, and community organizations.
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Panel TBA
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
“Blackness, Anarchism, and Social Ecology”
A community conversation with William C. Anderson and Modibo Kadalie
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
“Taking Care of Each Other: Organizing for a World Without Police and Prisons”: A community conversation with Cindy Milstein and Kei Diliza
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
“The Ongoing Relevance of Armed Struggle”
Keynote lecture by Ward Churchill
This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Peace Begins with Truth
A Community-based, Conflict-Transformation Workshop on Race and Social Justice
3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21. 
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host Dr.Imani Michelle Scott a scholar and specialist in the areas of human communication and conflict resolution, who will discuss her latest publication Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America? This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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