Events Listings

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Voices of the World: An international collaboration of arts and culture.
Fine Arts Exhibition
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 exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Jamaican Maroon
Photographic Exhibition
Sunday, January 07, – Sunday, February 04, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Georgia State Department of History invites you to explore the daily life, culture and environment of the Windward Maroons of Jamaica in their homeland of the Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park. The exhibit features the photography of award winning Atlanta based photographer Mettina van der Veen; and a display of arts, crafts and artifacts from the collection of Georgia State University Department of History Professor Harcourt Fuller. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Through His Eyes
An Artistic Look at the Amazing & Inspiring Tales of Ashley Bryan
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, January 07, – Sunday, February 04, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is proud to exhibit the works of legendary children’s books illustrator, Ashley Bryan, in Through His Eyes: An Artistic Look at the Amazing and Inspiring Tales of Ashley Bryan. Through his use of both bright colors and black and whites, over a 55 year career, Ashley Bryan has created an artistic resume like no other. As an award winning artist, author, and educator, Ashley Bryan has been a benchmark for aspiring children’s book illustrators around the world. Bringing together pieces from such literary works as The Story of the Three Kingdoms, Sing to the Sun, I’m Going to Sing, The Story of Lightning and Thunder, and Walk Together Children: Black American Spirituals, The Auburn Avenue Research Library celebrates with a small glimpse “Through His Eyes.” This exhibit is free and open to the publicat 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

 
The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited
A Celebration of African American Philanthropy 
Saturday, November 04. – Sunday, January 21. 2017
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host The Soul of Philanthropy (TSOP) a groundbreaking art exhibition dedicated to the sharing the traditions of African American philanthropy in the United States. This comprehensive multimedia exhibition has been brought to the Atlanta by presenting sponsor: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, in partnership with Hammonds House Museum. Local support has also come from African American Development Officers, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Wells Fargo, and State Farm. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The City Too Busy to Hate: The 50th Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination 
Community Wall of Commemoration 
January 16, 2018 – December 30, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, with community dialogue and memory preservation. Throughout 2018, a memory wall, located on the first floor, is dedicated for public reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. King.  At the conclusion of the year, all reflections will be saved and made accessible to the public in the Archives Division. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Choir Boy
Community Stage Reading
Wednesday, January 10. 7:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with The Counter Narrative Project will host a community stage reading of the play Choir Boy, by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Eloquently infused with the harmonies of classic African American spirituals Choir Boy is an affecting and candid coming of age story of Pharus, a gay African American male prep school student cautiously sourcing the courage to live out his truth. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta,GA 30303.
 
Creating Your Blueprint:The Past, Present and 
Future of Black Women's Wellness
Community Workshop
Saturday, January 13. 11:00 a.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Creating Your Blueprint: The Past, Present and Future of Black Women’s Wellness featuring activist and author Yvette Braswell. This engaging community workshop will use the legacy of historical Black sheroes of various eras as the backdrop for Yvette Braswell’s revolutionary approach of using haircare as an essential catalyst for holistic self-care for Black Women, leading to both individual happiness and collective well-being. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Overcoming:Cultivating Black Joy as Resistance
Community Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, January 13. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with MW Solutions will host Overcoming: Cultivating Black Joy as Resistance, facilitated by Licensed Psychologist Dr. Rosell Jenkins, Spelman College graduate, and founder of MW Solutions. This community lecture and book signing will discuss the often untapped emancipatory power of individual joy and well-being in the Black community’s collective resistance to systemic oppression and its residual communal trauma. This event will also include a post discussion book signing by Dr. Rosell Jenkins for her latest publication Cultivating Joy: Sheltering Within During the Storm. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue Ne, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
The Money Behind the Movement
Community Discussion 
Wednesday, January 17 . 6:30p.m.
The role of African American Philantrophy in elevating the Black Civil Rights Movement. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 

The Perfect Arrangement
Musical Performance by Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra 
Sunday, January 21. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Symphony Chips presents the Perfect Arrangement by Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of Metropolitan Atlanta (Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra). This live orchestral performance by the Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra named in honor of William Grant Still, the dean of Black Composers, features talented African American emerging orchestra and dance student s under the artistic direction of David E. Robinson, III, a 5th generation, 33-year musical instructor with the DeKalb County School System. This free event is sponsored by Symphony Chips. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Visible Man: The Art of Reclaiming Black Male Identity
Community Dialogue and Book Signing
Wednesday, January 24. 7:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Karen Marie Mason, CEO of the creative change agency KMM, will host Visible Man: The Art of Reclaiming Black Male Identity featuring internationally renowned artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou who will discuss his latest publication Fahamu Pecou: Visible Man. A beautiful art monograph, focused on identity, performance, and readings of Black male masculinity, Fahamu Pecou: Visible Man contains over 100 full-color images as well as in-depth scholarly essays that critically examine Pecou’s work from the past two decades. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Elementary Genocide III:ACADEMIC HOLOCAUST
Community Dialogue and Film Screening
Saturday, January 27. 3:00 p.m.
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Rasha Entertainment Inc., will host a screening of Elementary Genocide III: Academic Holocaust. The latest installment of the Elementary Genocide series, produced by journalist and filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz. This powerful documentary continues to examine the “school-to-prison pipeline,” the systematic intersection of draconian school disciplinary strategies and law enforcement policies that funnel African American children out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This event will include a post screening dialogue with filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz. This even is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. 
 
The Legend of the Black Mecca
Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta Sweet Auburn Reads
Community Book Signing and Lecture
Wednesday, January 31. 7:00 p.m. 
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, (AARL) in collaboration with the Sweet Auburn Reads, and Georgia State University's African American Studies Department will host Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, who will discuss his latest publication, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. Skillfully examined through the prism of the black New South, Dr. Hobson exposes the historical schism between the Atlanta’s Black political elite, and poor and working-class citizens, complicating the long-held view of the city as the mecca for black people. This event launches "Sweet Auburn Reads" AARL’s new quarterly communal reading group dedicated to the exploring Atlanta’s rich contemporary black literary scene. The first title selected is The Legend of the Black Mecca by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson. We invite the public to read this book and join us on April 28, 2018, for a collective discussion in conversation with Dr. Hobson. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.   
 
Black Speculative Arts Movement Convention BSAM Atlanta Afrofutures Arts Convention
Saturday, February 10. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Divided States
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, February 11, 2017 – Sunday, March 25, 2017 Artist Talk: Sunday, February 18.  3:00 p.m.
In recognition of Black History Month (2017) the Auburn Avenue Research Library will present Divided States a select exhibition of artwork curated by Tracy Murrell from various visual art series by renowned artist CharlyPalmer (“Tar Baby”, “White Wash”, “Stain-glass”, Eminent Domain”, “Blackness” and the most recent “Silent”). Divided States boldly chronicles the unending evolution of a profound socially consciences artistic vision, that unapologetically roots the Black experience at the center of American History. Charly Palmer’s intrepid textural brushwork, signature bold color palette, and eloquent layering technique form a perfect union that gives voice to, we the people who continue to live in the Divided States of America. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court Book Signing and Lecture
Sunday, February 18. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host distinguished legal historian Professor Paul Finkelman, who will discuss his latest publication Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Sankofa Storytime 
Afrocentric Tales and Activities that celebrate the Black Diaspora   
Sunday, February 24. 11:00a.m. 
Please join all the fun with books and stories, songs, movement activities and crafts celebrating the Black Diaspora. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Gente de Pelo Malo (People with Bad Hair) Film Screening and Community Discussion
Sunday, March 04. 3:00 p.m. 
The Baton Foundation in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host a screening of Gente de Pelo Malo (People with Bad Hair). This documentary film explores the relevant issue and what informs women’s ideas and decisions about wearing natural hair. It features interviews and offers perspectives of Black women and men in diverse regions of the world including Equatorial Guinea, Spain, Uruguay, Cuba, and the United States creating a bridge between Africa and its Diaspora by identifying and increasing the understanding of a common problem that negatively impacts Africans and people of African descent. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
Rikers: An American Jail
Film Screening and Community Discussion
Sunday, March 11. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History will host a screening of the riveting award-winning documentary Rikers: An American Jail. This powerful film brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience and the many challenges of returning to the outside world. This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
 
 
 

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