Atlanta Cyclorama Lecture Series: Reconstruction and the Promise of a Progressive Post-Civil War America
Douglas Egerton, Professor of History, Le Moyne College
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Often considered a failure by many historians, the Federal government's efforts to rebuild the nation in the wake of the Civil War, proved to be as challenging and almost as violent as the war itself. Reconstruction, as this era was known, not only provided much-needed resources for formerly enslaved African Americans and whites alike, but also this period served as the foundation upon which former slave owners would structure strategies to regain control of the south and upon which African Americans would begin to make the case for recompense for centuries of free labor. Using his book, The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era, as the backdrop, Dr. Egerton's lecture will challenge formerly held notions of Reconstruction and inspire new ways of thinking about this important post-Civil War period. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Atlanta Cyclorama Film Series Presents: A. Philip Randolph - For Jobs and Freedom
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
A long-time labor activist, Asa Philip Randolph led the first March on Washington in 1941. That march resulted in the establishment of the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC). Earlier in his career, Randolph was the editor of the Messenger and used the paper to speak out against segregation and lynching. He later would focus his attention on the discriminatory practices of the Pullman Company, and in 1925 formed the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Potters (BSCP). In the 1930's he served as president of the National Negro Congress, and used it as a platform to force President Franklin Roosevelt to protect the labor and civil rights of African Americans. Throughout the 1940's and 1950's Mr. Randolph's activism continued to force the hand of political powerhouses. The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was, perhaps, his crown jewel, as it gave Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the platform he needed to secure important legislation for African Americans. This film tells the story of this unsung civil rights hero.
Atlanta Cyclorama Film Series Presents: Margaret Walker - For My People
Date/Time: Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Best known for her novel Jubilee, Margaret Walker s masterpiece tells the story of a Civil War and Reconstruction-era enslaved African American family, and is based on her great-grandmother s life. Less known, is that Dr. Walker was the first African American woman to win a national writing prize, the Yale Young Poets Award, for her 1942 collection of poetry entitled For My People. Encouraged by Langston Hughes to attend college in the north, she completed her B.A. at Northwestern University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Dr. Walker retired from Jackson State University in 1979, after a 30-year career. This documentary tells her amazing story. After the screening there will be dramatic readings from Jubilee and For My People, and an audience conversation led by a local scholar.
Uprising: The Music
Cast from Uprising
Atlanta Cyclorama, Sunday June 7, 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8
Based loosely on the life of Osborne Perry Anderson (1830-1872) Atlanta playwright Gabrielle Fulton's tour-de-force musical, Uprising, brings to the fore the history of John Brown's failed raid on Harpers Ferry (1859). The piece also shines an important light of the themes of pre-Civil War African American self-determination, sacrifice and love. Anderson, channeled through Fulton's character, Ossie, was a free-born abolitionist and one of only five men (and the only African American man), to escape capture by the U.S. Marines following Brown's doomed Harpers Ferry attack. Uprising features both original and traditional African American jazz, blues and gospel. Join us for an inspiring afternoon of music from this phenomenal play.