Sunday, February 17, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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 a facilitated community conversation about the relationship between Black Americans and Africans. This program is free and open to the public.
This program will give attendees an opportunity to participate in a facilitated dialogue about contemporary relationships between Black Americans and Africans. African and Black American panel discussants will provide brief historical and sociological overviews and share personal stories. Panelists will then lead the audience in a moderated conversation.
For many Black people in the United States and around the world, the 2018 blockbuster movie, Black Panther, was a watershed moment. Seldom had Hollywood portrayed Black people, particularly women, in such positive and empowering ways. Blacks flocked to movie theaters in record numbers not only to see themselves on the silver screen, but also to be seen. Many moviegoers wore African garments and Black Power memorabilia from the 1960’s. This seemed to be Black theater’s (and Hollywood’s) “Barack Obama” moment.
Ironically, Black Panther removed the scab from a centuries-long wound between Black Americans and Africans. Perhaps unknowingly, the movie’s lead characters, and first cousins, T’Challa and Killmonger, brought the relevancy and pain of this wound into relief. Since the movie opened last February, Black people around the country, again, have engaged in conversations about the elusive, if troubling, relationship between Africans born and raised on the African Continent, and those born and raised in the Diaspora–particularly, the United States.
NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.