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Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History

Call: (404) 613-4001 or visit www.afpls.org
The first public library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections in African American culture.

Thursday April 21, 2022 06:30 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library hosts its first in-person, public book event since the pandemic featuring a conversation around Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South by the late, acclaimed artist and Cuthbert, GA native Winfred Rembert. The event, hosted in collaborat... [click here for more]

Wednesday September 30, 2020 07:00 PM EDT
A MAN NAMED PEARL tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. In 1976, Pearl took a job in a can factory in Bishopville, South Carolina. New to this rural southern town, he and his wife Metra looked a... [click here for more]

Wednesday August 12, 2020 07:00 PM EDT
In honor of Juneteenth celebration the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL)will host a virtual Africana Story Time reading of Juneteenth for Mazie.

About Hey Black Child:

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspiratio... [click here for more]

Friday July 10, 2020 07:00 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Phyllis Iller, will host a live performance of poetry and prose that has been gleaned from the 1970s anthology 360 Degrees of Blackness Comin’ At You, originally curated by Sonia Sanchez, from poems written by the students in a creative writi... [click here for more]

Sunday February 9, 2020 03:00 PM EST
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., will host Professor Thomas A. Foster for a lecture on his publication “Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men.”

A Cappella Books will have copies of the book available for purchase.

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Sunday November 10, 2019 02:30 PM EST
Categories: B & W Photography CLOSING RECEPTION, by the ImageGriot, Nafisa Valita Sheriff for the "Silver Living Legacies Extraordinaire: Women of Distinction" This project depicts twenty four women, all over the age of sixty, who have and are making a difference in Atlanta. Their lives have inte... [click here for more]

Friday October 25, 2019 03:30 PM EDT
Categories: B & W Photography ARTIST TALK & RECEPTION, by the ImageGriot, Nafisa Valita Sheriff, on her current project, exhibit, reception and upcoming book about the "Silver Living Legacies Extraordinaire: Women of Distinction" and the 24 selected women, all over age 60, whose lives intertwine wit... [click here for more]

Sunday August 18, 2019 02:30 PM EDT
Whether you're an aspiring author looking to get to the next level or you're already published and trying to figure out your next move, this free masterclass is for you. Learn the difference between self publishing and traditional publishing, the importance of editing, how to effectively use your so... [click here for more]

Saturday July 20, 2019 03:00 PM EDT
Categories: Visual Arts,

Hammonds House Museum invites you to join us for a conversation and book signing with photographer, Adreinne Waheed. Her book, Black Joy and Resistance, is an unapologetic celebration of Black life, love, joy, resistance, protest and light.

As a passionate, wandering witne... [click here for more]

Sunday April 28, 2019 07:00 PM EDT
Location: 

Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

A Cappella Books and the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Museum welcome Randal Maurice Jelks, author of Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans: Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Elridge Cleaver, and M... [click here for more]

Sunday February 24, 2019 03:00 PM EST
Partnered with A Capella Books.

Location:  Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host Tera W. Hunter, a professor of history and ... [click here for more]

Thursday January 17, 2019 07:00 PM EST
Friends of the Congo, a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Congolese to bring about peaceful and lasting change in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is hosting a community engagement event with special guest, David Banner, Rap Artist and Activist. A film screening and panel ... [click here for more]

Saturday September 22, 2018 06:30 PM EDT
Categories: Exhibit Opening

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host an opening reception for the traveling exhibit: "Witness to the Holocaust" by William Alexander Scott III. In addition to telling Scott's witness testimony, the exhibit also

includes panels drawing a parallel between the Jim Cr... [click here for more]

Wednesday September 12, 2018 06:30 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host an opening reception

for the traveling exhibit: "Witness to the Holocaust" by William Alexander Scott III. In addition to telling Scott's witness testimony, the exhibit also includes panels drawing a parallel between the Jim Crow Laws

implemented in the U... [click here for more]

Sunday September 9, 2018 03:00 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Baton

Foundation, Inc., will screen a short film: "Man of the House". The screening will be followed by a moderated conversation about mental health and suicide in the Black community.

John Palomino’s directorial debut, "Man of The House" i... [click here for more]
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Sunday September 2, 2018 03:00 AM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with PSL

Publications, will host journalist and community activist Eugene Puryear, who will discuss his latest publication: "Shackled and Chained, Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America".

In this blistering interrogation of the prison-industrial... [click here for more]

Thursday August 23, 2018 05:30 PM EDT
Join the United Nations Association Atlanta chapter as we celebrate The International Day For the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30-8:00 pm Hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture and History located at 101 Auburn Ave.... [click here for more]

Saturday July 21, 2018 03:00 PM EDT
For decades, Black filmmakers have been pushing boundaries in film in both big and small ways. With that in mind, the African American Film Critics Association is launching a summer Screening Series that will focus on films that celebrate the diversity of Black culture and life, as well as the power... [click here for more]

Monday July 2, 2018 12:00 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, in collaboration with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, presents selected artwork from 12 Rounds of Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali. This powerfully illustrated poetic verse biography of Ali's life, from the time he was born ... [click here for more]

Saturday June 23, 2018 02:00 PM EDT
Categories: Film Premiere

Venue: Grant Park, the Sound Table Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. BOBBITO GARCÍA’S FULL COURT 21™ ALL WORLD ATLANTA QUALIFIER at Grant Park features multiple defenders guarding whichever player has the ball (1-on-5).

Warm up starts at 2 pm. FREE TO PLAY! FREE TO WATCH! REGIS... [click here for more]

Wednesday October 25, 2017 07:00 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library and Georgia State University's Alonzo A. Crim Center will host Dr. Maurice J. Hobson. Hobson will discuss his new book The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class In the Making of Modern Atlanta. The event will be open to the public.

Details.

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Saturday October 14, 2017 12:00 PM EDT
Radical left writers, publishers, artists and activists from across the South are invited to an indoor market and a day of discussions about history, activism and culture. The second annual fair centers black, brown, queer and working-class communities.

Details.

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Saturday July 22, 2017 05:00 PM EDT
Join us for a screening of Dirt and Deeds: In Mississippi, a film about the role farmers of African descent played in the Civil Rights movement by providing food, shelter, and leveraging land as collateral to help activists. The film will be followed by a panel featuring Dr. Doris Derby, a co-pr... [click here for more]

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00 AM EDT
The Aglanta Forum brings together growers and community members to learn best practices from local experts and national leaders ahead of a charge to install 100 food producing gardens in the Westside of Atlanta, led by Historic Westside Gardens. This charge is supported by the City of Atlanta O... [click here for more]

Thursday July 13, 2017 04:00 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library in collaboration with NJoysArt will host a screening of the documentary film Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth. Catlett's seamless wooden sculptures of the body's form brought her concerns for the African American woman's struggle with social justice and digni... [click here for more]

Friday June 30, 2017 07:00 PM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a viewing of the critically-acclaimed documentary 13th, followed by a community discussion. The documentary examines the operations of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States under the 13th Amendment. [click here for more]

Sunday June 25, 2017 12:00 AM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, presents the art of K Joy Ballard Peters. Peters' work uses appliques to express the wonders of uninhibited black joy. [click here for more]

Sunday June 18, 2017 03:00 PM EDT
Join the AARL for a community lecture about using Africana culture and heritage as a framework for educating Black children. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Joyce E. King, Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University. [click here for more]

Saturday June 17, 2017 01:00 PM EDT
NubiaOne and the AARL present a day exploring and appreciating science fiction, fantasy, cosplay and comic books by and about African Americans. The day will comprise of panel discussions addressing topics such as "Black Heroes Matter," Black Women and Speculative Fiction and Afrofuturism and Afrore... [click here for more]

Friday June 16, 2017 07:00 PM EDT
Delve into the world of black cosplay, steampunk, cyberfunk and more at the Mahogany Masquerade. This will be the kickoff event for 2017 NubiaOne Fest, a conference featuring educational and interactive panel discussions and workshops on the expression of Afrofutures. [click here for more]

Monday June 12, 2017 04:00 PM EDT
AARL celebrates National Loving day with a screening of the Academy Award-winning film Loving. The day recognizes the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in 1967. The film, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, is based on the real-life couple, Richard and Mildred Lovin... [click here for more]

Sunday June 4, 2017 03:00 PM EDT
Join the rich storytelling tradition of the South with this event at the AARL. Featured tellers will share their favorite work from the library's own collection. Readers will include Gwendolyn Napier, Akbar Imhotep, Chetter Galloway and Sensemaya the Storyteller. [click here for more]

Saturday June 3, 2017 04:00 PM EDT
The premier Quelbe band in the world, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, comes to Atlanta to perform and celebrate Caribbean American Heritage month. Quelbe is a form of folk music that originated in the U.S. Virgin Islands and works to preserve local culture and history. [click here for more]

Saturday June 3, 2017 09:00 AM EDT
The Auburn Avenue Research Library collaborates with the AYA Educational Institute for Family Lore Project Conference. Psychologists Dr. Amos N. Wilson and educational psychologist Dr. Nana Baffour Amankwatia II will discuss how African centered curriculums and cultural conscious teaching can heal t... [click here for more]

Thursday June 1, 2017 07:00 PM EDT
Watch the Summer of Gods, an allegorical film about Ifa, a West African and Brazilian indiginous spiritual tradition. Join a discussion following the film that will be moderated by local Ifa practitioners. This will help viewers better understand the tradition and the necessity of its preservation. [click here for more]

Friday October 14, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
The revolution will not be televised — but it might be written. Explore the intersection of literature and social justice at the inaugural Atlanta Radical Book Fair, a gathering of Southern writers, publishers, artists, activists, and community organizations committed to social change. The fair of... [click here for more]

Wednesday August 3, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Come celebrate the reopening of the Auburn Avenue Research Library, just in time for the 2016 school year. [click here for more]

Tuesday July 22, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Exhibition by artist and Morehouse College Art Instructor Michael Roman will explore the life of title character Messiah Jones from ages 13 to 33. Via the visual juxtaposition of stylized contemporary black bodies in urban settings with historical religious iconography, this thought-provoking collec... [click here for more]

Tuesday July 22, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
In recognition of Black Music Month, this exhibition, by multi-award-winning youth artist, Barry Duperon, will feature artwork that that blends the complexities of the music industry with Blues, Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop cultures. [click here for more]

Friday June 13, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
In recognition of Juneteenth (June 19th), The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Atlanta Free Speech, will host a discussion titled, The Illusion of freedom: The Reality of Black Life in America since the Emancipation Proclamation. This community discussion will explore the variou... [click here for more]

Thursday January 30, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Drawing the Dream: African-American History in Children's Literature is an exhibition featuring the work of three-time Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration winner, R. Gregory Christie. [click here for more]

Thursday January 30, 2014 07:00 PM EST
One Day in January features photographs from the very first memorial services for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by renowned photographer Horace Henry. [click here for more]

Wednesday January 15, 2014 07:00 PM EST
A community discussion, Documenting the Dream: African-American History and Culture Through Art, features presentations by children's illustrator R. Gregory Christie and photographer, Horace Henry. [click here for more]

Saturday December 7, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Saturday is children and family day and Sunday will host a silent auction. [click here for more]

Wednesday October 23, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
As part of their centennial celebration, The Wren's Nest House Museum has invited the first African-American animator at Disney and author of the book, My Animated Life, to speak about his life and career in animation. He will speak on two separate occasions. Wednesday, October 23rd @ 7pmAuburn Aven... [click here for more]

Tuesday October 22, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Enjoy a community conversation with Mr. Floyd Norman at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Stephane Dunn, Co-Director of Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies at Morehouse College. [click here for more]

Wednesday September 11, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
DJ Ausar of WRFG 89.3 FM Community Radio( The Kalakuta Show), in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and The Department of African American Studies( Georgia State University) will host Sacred Spaces, Spiritual Places: DJs Dance and Deities, ... [click here for more]

Friday August 30, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Curated by members of the Smoke School of Art, a nonprofit art cooperative based in Atlanta, the exhibit presents a new generation of artists of color whose work connects authentic cultural traditions and histories to contemporary issues. [click here for more]

Friday August 23, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Community lecture hosted by the Smoke School of Art and the Auburn Avenue Research Library, and facilitated by conceptual artist and educator Christopher Hitchinson. He will examine how the lingering effects of colonialism and contemporary racism marginalizes non-white creative expression, via the n... [click here for more]

Friday July 26, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
A community lecture hosted by the Smoke School of Art and the Auburn Avenue Research Library, and facilitated by conceptual artist and educator Christopher Hutchinson. He will examine the cultural appropriation of the African artist aesthetic by Europeans who formed the avant-garde in the developmen... [click here for more]

Saturday April 27, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
In recognition of Women's History Month (March), the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Charmaine Minniefield's exhibit which celebrates female strength from post-emancipation to after the turn of the century. [click here for more]

Friday March 8, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Move the Crowd: Hip Hop Education for Social Justice is a community discussion facilitated by Dr. Bettina L. Love, Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Social Studies at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love will discuss the innovative use of hip hop music and culture in cultivatin... [click here for more]

Wednesday March 6, 2013 07:00 PM EST
This community discussion will focus on the current and future roles of women of color in political environments. Panelists for this discussion include former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, GA Representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler, and GA Representative Alisha Thomas-Morgan. [click here for more]

Tuesday March 5, 2013 07:00 PM EST
This community discussion, facilitated by local historian Nasir Muhammad, will take place in recognition of National Dentist Day (March 6) and will explore the life of Dr. Roderick D. Badger, the first African American dentist in Atlanta, Georgia. [click here for more]

Friday March 1, 2013 07:00 PM EST
This lecture will critically examine why a growing number of African women use damaging skin-bleaching cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals that can lead to increased rates of infertility and skin cancer. [click here for more]

Saturday February 23, 2013 07:00 PM EST
The Atlanta Avenue Research Library will host Beneath the Bridges of Atlanta, a compelling photographic exhibit by photojournalist Tony Smart. [click here for more]

Saturday February 16, 2013 07:00 PM EST
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Black Herman: An Extraordinary Life of Magic and Mystery. This community discussion will explore the life of Benjamin “Black Herman” Rucker (1892–1934), a groundbreaking prominent African American magician of the early twentieth century. [click here for more]

Sunday January 27, 2013 07:00 PM EST
This exhibit will celebrate creative expression as a powerful tool to examine the human condition, and affect deep and lasting social change. [click here for more]

Sunday January 6, 2013 07:00 PM EST
The exhibit celebrates the founding of Our Lay of Lourdes for African Americans in the early 1990's, and examines the church and school's historical impact on Atlanta as a community resource for the disenfranchised and oppressed. [click here for more]

Friday November 30, 2012 07:00 PM EST
Ebrima Ba's documentary Food, Clothing, and Shelter examines how local communities in Atlanta are turning to African skills and knowledge to find alternative ways to meet basic needs. [click here for more]
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Atlanta, GA 30303
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Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed