Black History in Atlanta: More than a Month

Image courtesy of Tiffany-alley
Image courtesy of Tiffany-alley

Image courtesy of Tiffany-alley

Black History is more than a month in Atlanta. This is evident by the volume of cultural happenings in the metro area year round. The month of February, yet, is a fond reminder to revisit some of Atlanta’s most treasured historic sites as well as an opportunity to come together as a community to honor our past and celebrate the present and future. If, by chance, you are in the city there are a number of places to get your fill of Black pride during Black History Month:

First Annual Black History Month Parade

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 2-5:30 PM

All roads lead to Auburn Avenue, a short mile long strip located in the Sweet Auburn Historic District reflects the history, heritage and achievements of many prominent Atlantans. Coined by John Wesley Dobbs, The name Sweet Auburn was refers to the “richest Negro street in the world.” Therefore it is fitting that the first annual Black History Month Parade will take place on Auburn Ave, and feature marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, non-profits, celebrities, corporate groups, entertainment and fun for the entire family.

Atlanta History Center Presents: ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’

Through March 4, 2012

If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it up to Harlem to visit the legendary Apollo Theater, Atlanta History Center will showcase the exhibit “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.” This exhibit shows a rare inside perspective on the impact the Apollo Theater had on American entertainment and African American life in the 20th century.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

February 2- May 19, 2012

Exhibits “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold‘s Paintings of the 1960s,” a comprehensive survey of Ringgold’s political work of which explores issues of race, gender and class.

Civil Rights Photography Collection at The High Museum

Ongoing

Once privy only to art insiders, The High Museum recently publicly unveiled selections from their extensive collection of civil rights photography. The exhibition draws on the museum’s prints from 1956 to 1968, a body of work organized by former curator of photography Julian Cox for the landmark 2008 exhibition, Road to Freedom.

Question Bridge

January 27 – March 17, 2012

City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta presents Question Bridge, a “transmedia” installation that seeks to bridge economic, political, geographic and generational divisions among black males in America through a series of thoughtful, video mediated question and answers.

 

Rev. Joseph Lowery Discussion and Book Signing

Monday, February 27, 2012, 7 PM

Jimmy Carter Library and DeKalb County Public Library present a discussion with the inimitable Civil Rights icon, Rev. Joseph Lowery regarding his new book, Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, with Michael Julian Bond at Georgia Center for the Book.

The Radcliffe Bailey Salon at The W Atlanta Residences Downtown  

Ongoing

Drawing comparisons to Romare Bearden and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Radcliffe Bailey is one of very few African American artists to receive such high praise and critical acclaim so early in his career. The opening of The Radcliffe Bailey Salon, a rotating exhibition of Bailey’s work will be open by appointment and invitation only for artist lectures, parties and viewings; one more accomplishment to celebrate and add to Atlanta’s impressive list of Black history moments.