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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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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 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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