Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Class in America - Professor Martha S. Jones

October 11, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., hosted Martha S. Jones, of Johns Hopkins University, who discussed 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.

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Undoing the Mis-education of Black Children- Dr. Joyce E. King

October 1, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

In recognition of Juneteenth (2017), The Baton Foundation, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, hosted Dr. Joyce E. King, Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Georgia State University.

This powerful community lecture examined the critical importance of using Africana culture and heritage as the framework within which to educate Black children.

Recorded on June 18, 2017

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Policing the Black Man- Professor Angela J. Davis

September 14, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with The Baton Foundation, hosted American University’s Washington College of Law Professor, Angela J. Davis, who discussed her publication Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment.

A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men.

Recorded on August 11, 2017

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Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court - Dr. Paul Finkelman

September 4, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with the Baton Foundation, Inc., hosted Historian and President of Gratz College Dr. Paul Finkelman, who discussed his publication "Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court". The three most important Supreme Court Justices before the Civil War, Chief Justices John Marshall and Roger B. Taney and Associate Justice Joseph Story, upheld the institution of slavery in ruling after ruling. In Supreme Injustice, the distinguished legal historian Paul Finkelman establishes an authoritative account of each justice’s anti-black proslavery legal legacy, revealing the racialized reasoning and personal motivations that alienated them from America’s founding ideals and inextricably wove structural racism into the fabric of American civic life. 

Recorded on 18. February 2018

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Activism in Sports

August 17, 2018 @ 8:08 am

 In partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.,
Humanity in Action brings together a group of 30 American and European university students for an intensive
program about diversity and Civil Rights in America. This moderated community discussion examined the
history and contemporary relevance of social activism in sports in the United States. This event featured one of 
"The Kennesaw Five" (Kennesaw State University cheerleaders) who kneeled in protest during the playing
of the National anthem at a KSU college football home game.

Recorded July 16, 2018

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The Legend of the Black Mecca- Dr. Maurice J. Hobson

August 3, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with Georgia State University's Alonzo A. Crim Center hosted Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Maurice J. Hobson who discussed his latest publication, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta

Drawn from vivid primary sources and unnerving oral histories of working-class city-dwellers and hip-hop artists from Atlanta's underbelly, Hobson argues that Atlanta's political leadership has governed by bargaining with white business interests to the detriment ordinary black Atlantans. In telling this history, Hobson portrays a striking schism between the black political elite and poor city-dwellers.

Recorded October 25, 2017

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When Black Lives Matter: A Historical Perspective- Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham

July 24, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Atlanta Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Georgia State University’s Department of African American Studies, hosted When Black Lives Matter: A Historical Perspective.

This lecture was facilitated by Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham, National President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University


Recorded on March 17, 2017

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Truth and Justice: The Central Park Five- Journalist Rose Scott

July 6, 2018 @ 9:37 am

The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Southern Center for Human Rights, hosts Truth and Justice: A Conversation with the Central Park 5.

This community dialogue will explore the contemporary relevance of the 1989 miscarriage of justice that engulfed Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.


Recorded on June 6, 2018

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Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn- Author Gary Pomerantz

July 6, 2018 @ 9:35 am

The Auburn Avenue Research Library hosts Gary Pomerantz, a former journalist for the AJC and The Washington Post who now lives in San Francisco and lectures at Stanford University, discussing the book Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, originally published in 1996.

Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn documents the history of Atlanta — from Civil War through Civil Rights, and leading up to the city’s hosting of the 1996 Summer Olympics — through two prominent families: the Ivan Allens, and John Wesley Dobbs and his progeny.


Recorded on May 31, 2018

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Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica- Dr. Sasha Turner

July 2, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with The Baton Foundation hosts Dr. Sasha Turner, Associate Professor of History at Quinnipiac University, discussing her latest publication, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, Contested Bodies yields a fresh account of how the end of the slave trade changed the bodily experiences of those enslaved in Jamaica.


Recorded on October 8, 2017

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