SHOOK- Hip Hop and the Black Gothic Image

January 25, 2019 @ 4:48 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, as part of the A3C Hip Hop festival, hosted the gallery event Shook: Comics, Hip Hop, and the Black Gothic Image.

This compelling conversation is a contextual re-framing of existing works by noted contemporary artists, presenting a unique exploration of the Black visual imagination through the intersectional narratives woven into comic book culture, Hip-Hop, and Black Gothic imagery.

Kevin Sipp is a fine artist, independent scholar, and curator with expertise in printmaking, painting, sculpture and multi-media installation.

Recorded on October 30 2018

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Movement in Focus- Conversation with Troy Powel, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey II- Journalist Rose Scott

January 12, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, presented a special screening event titled “Movement in Focus: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater” with a post-screening moderated Q & A with Ailey II Artistic Director, Troy Powell.  

Designated by a U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American Cultural Ambassador to the World, the Ailey Company is known for its spectacular range, diversity, and artistry, which are showcased in the film, culminating in a performance of its beloved signature work, Revelations. Revelations is an iconic masterpiece of American dance, described by The New York Times as “one of the great works of the human spirit.”

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The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland- Dr. Robyn C. Spencer

December 13, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

In recognition of Women’s History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Georgia State University’s Department of African American Studies, hosted Dr. Robyn C. Spencer, Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York, who discussed her book, The Revolution Has Come.

Providing a panoramic view of the party's organization over its sixteen-year history, The Revolution Has Come, shows how the Black Panther Party embodied Black Power through international activism, interracial alliances, commitment to address state violence, and desire to foster self-determination in Oakland's black communities.

Recorded on March 28, 2017

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The Desegregation of Jim Crow South Libraries

November 13, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History hosted Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand, who discussed his publication: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South.

In his book Dr. Wiegand tells the comprehensive story of the integration of southern public libraries, in particular, the willingness of young black community members to take part in organized protests and direct actions ensured that local libraries would become genuinely free to all citizens.

Recorded on April 18, 2018

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Artists, Activists & Academics with Talib Kweli and Trae tha Truth

October 26, 2018 @ 10:25 am

As part of the A3C festival, The Auburn Avenue Research Library had the opportunity to host the panel discussion Artists, Activists & Academics featuring Hip Hop artists Talib Kweli and Trae Tha Truth, Representative of the Missouri House of Representatives Bruce Franks Jr., and Morehouse College Professor Dr. David Wall Rice.

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?

Recorded on October 4, 2018

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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.

Recorded on October 7, 2018

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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 February 18, 2018

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Activism in Sports

August 17, 2018 @ 8:08 am

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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