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 Civil rights contributors honored at King Center

Atlanta’s historic King Center, 450 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, will host a free exhibit, “Bobby, Martin and John: Once Upon an American Dream,” Feb. 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The exhibit drawn from the archives of Look magazine photographer Stanley Tretick,

explores the public and private lives of the Atlanta civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

The exhibit spotlights the lives of the three leaders of the 1960s and the changes in photojournalism and how politicians are covered. 404-331-5190.

Enjoy “Cadillac Records” in Decatur

The DeKalb County Library’s Flat Shoals branch, 4022 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, will host a public screening of the movie, “Cadillac Records,” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.

“Cadillac Records,” stars Adrien Brody, Beyoncé Knowles, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gabrielle Union, Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright. Directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin, the musical drama documents the compelling true-life story of the Chicago record label that helped the world discover such legendary artists as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walte and Chuck Berry. 404-244-4370.

 

GCCVB sets genealogy workshop

The Gwinnett County Convention and Visitors Bureau is inviting residents to the Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., “Holla At Ya Ancestors” genealogy workshop
at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross.

Organizers say attendees can learn how to honor African American ancestors by tracing, documenting, publishing and donating your family history.

Presenters will discuss tips and
techniques for conducting African American genealogical research. Learn to navigate
the United States Census, slaveholder records, family histories and other resources to
piece together your family history.

Reservations are required for the free workshop. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 770-814-6056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Gwinnett Justice Building houses “Black Women” exhibit

The Gwinnett Justice and Administration building, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, will offer a free exhibit, “Black Women in American History and Culture,” Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., until Feb. 29.

The exhibit is comprised of news articles, magazine clippings and other documentation
relating to local black women’s contributions to American history. For more information, call 770-822-4046

 

West End Library to host Auburn Avenue exhibit

The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System’s West End branch, 525 Peeples St., S.W., Atlanta, will host an exhibit sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library daily, through Tuesday, March 4, during normal library hours.

Attendees can visit the free exhibit to learn about African American history in Georgia. The exhibit focuses on slavery, including rare photographs of Africans freed from slaving vessels and images of 19th-century logbooks, documenting liberated Africans’ names.

The library is open Mondays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon – 6 p.m. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 404-752-8740.  

 

City of Atlanta welcomes Black History Month parade 

The City of Atlanta, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and several other sponsors will host the Black History Month parade on Saturday, Feb. 22, 12 – 3 p.m., in downtown Atlanta’s Historic Sweet Auburn District on Auburn Avenue. 

 

Parade organizer Khalil Islam says the parade will promote the culture, history and heritage of Black Americans. 

 

Some parade participants will be the Gospel Music Museum, the ATL Bomb Squad dance team and Southside Medical Center. Parade on-lookers can also enjoy entertainment from acts such as The Legend Marching Band with members from Freeport, Bahamas, the House of Music & Culture, which has members from Nigeria, South Africa, and local high school marching bands. 

 

For more information, call 678-301-8729 or email info@ blackhistorymonthparade.com. 

  

New Bethel AME to present ‘Flight of Harriett Tubman’

The seniors ministry at New Bethel AME Church, 8350 Rockbridge Road, Lithonia, will present “The Flight of Harriett Tubman,” on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m.

 

Annie Thomas, who is co-coordinator of the church’s senior ministry, wrote the play.

A civil rights activist in her own right, Thomas fought for equal rights in Chattanooga, Tennessee before moving to Atlanta. She wrote the play to help educate people about the important contributions of one of America’s black legends.” 

For more information, call Annie Thomas at 770-469-6779 or Barbara Stewart at 770-323-0509.

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