Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, & Imprisonment
Lecture & Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Southern Center for Human Rights will host author Angela J. Davis as she discusses her book “Policing the Black Man.” Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing. The contributors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Angela J. Davis is a professor of law at  the American University and a former director of the D.C. Public Defender Service. She is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor and the co-editor of several books on criminal law and procedure. She has also written many articles and contributed chapters to many books on prosecutorial power and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Melissa Ingram Vice President of Aspire TV Network
Conversation & Discussion
6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Film Critics Association will host a moderated discussion with Melissa M. Ingram, Vice President, and Channel Manager for Aspire Television Network. Honored as one of Cablefax’s most influential minorities in cable, Ingram joined Aspire in August 2012 as Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs and was promoted to Senior Director of Business Affairs and Development in December 2014. In her role as Senior Director, Ingram was successful in  executing partnerships with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and solidifying unprecedented partnership with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to produce custom programming highlighting the rich legacy and history of HBCUs. Ingram also oversaw the process of Aspire becoming the first and only national cable television network to receive its certification as a Minority Business Enterprise and continues to serve as the network’s liaison with the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora. Our members are also involved in our advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism. This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories
(Gurumbé: Canciones de tu Memoria Negra)
Film Screening & Discussion
7:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation Inc., will host a screening of the documentary Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories (Gurumbé: Canciones de tu Memoria Negra).Commercial exploitation of American and Caribbean colonies brought Africans to Spain to be sold into slavery. Over time, despite living in an oppressive society wrought with racial prejudices, the enslaved population created spaces of self-expression. Music and dance were fundamental elements of this expression and the most important affirmation of its identity. As the Black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did its contributions to an extraordinary art form–flamenco. Miguel Angel Rosales’ film, Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories, finally tells their story–leading us to question a core element of Spanish identity and culture. The Post-screening discussion will be facilitated by K. Meira Goldberg, a flamenco performer, teacher, choreographer, and historian. She teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and is Scholar in Residence at the Foundation for Iberian Music at the City University of New York (CUNY) Grad Center. Ms. Goldberg has taught and guest lectured at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Flamenco Festival International in Albuquerque, Ballet Hispánico, Bryn Mawr, Princeton, Duke, Juilliard, The New School, and Smith College. Goldberg is also the author of, Sonidos Negros: On the Blackness of Flamenco. This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The Black Grandmother: From Slavery to the Present
Community Lecture
7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Department Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University, will host Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman who will discuss her latest publication The Black Grandmother: From Slavery to the Present. The Black Grandmother: From Slavery to the Present is an in-depth scholarly analysis examining the historical context and contemporary relevance of grandparent caregiving in the Black community. Dr. Pittman will also discuss RealBlackGrandmothers.com an online public archive that advances the public discourse about a critical, yet unexamined aspect of the African American experience in the United States. Dr. Pittman received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and she earned a B.S. in Urban Government Administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her research interests include social stratification and inequality; urban poverty; race and ethnicity; gender and families; research methods; public policy; and health disparities.This program is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer & Feminist
Mandate for Radical Movements
Discussion & Book Signing
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Charis Books and More Independent Book Store, will host Author and Activist Charlene A. Carruthers, as she discusses her publication, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements.Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle, to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development.  Charlene A. Carruthers has spent over a decade developing leaders as an effective strategist, community organizer, and educator. She is the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100, a leading organization of young activists in the movement for Black liberation. Her work has been featured in outlets including the Nation, NBC News, BBC News, Huffington Post, the New Yorker, Al Jazeera, Ebony, USA Today, and the Washington Post.This event is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Black Money:World Currencies
featuring African African American & the Disapora
Gallery Opening & Exhibit
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018
The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host Black Money: World Currencies Featuring African, African-American, and African Diasporic History and Cultures. Black Money features banknotes depicting the histories, cultures, politics,and experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent in countries around the world. The exhibition features “money trees” decorated with real money from countries in Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including the United States. It includes rare, obsolete, and currently circulating money and money-related objects, accompanied by the scale and life-size models of historical characters and other images featured on money, promotional money posters, wall-mounted, money-inspired artwork, and other works of art depicted on the money. The Black Money Exhibition is curated by Tracy Murrell, whom Atlanta Magazine awarded the “Rising Curator” honor for the Best of Atlanta 2017 issue. This exhibit is free and open to the public at 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.