NEWS AND EVENTS

3/12/2015

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Film Series Presents: Race: The Power of an Illusion
Date/Time: Part 2, Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

The division of the world's peoples into distinct "races" (black, red, yellow, white) is so entrenched in our way of thinking that to suggest otherwise borders, seemingly, on the insane. However, that is exactly what this film does.

Race: The Power of an Illusion prompts us to question the validity of race as a biological fact. This documentary explores the science of race and challenges long-held assumptions that human diversity can be lumped into a few paltry categories.


3/19/2015

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Film Series Presents: Race: The Power of an Illusion
Date/Time: Part 3, Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

The division of the world's peoples into distinct "races" (black, red, yellow, white) is so entrenched in our way of thinking that to suggest otherwise borders, seemingly, on the insane. However, that is exactly what this film does.

Race: The Power of an Illusion prompts us to question the validity of race as a biological fact. This documentary explores the science of race and challenges long-held assumptions that human diversity can be lumped into a few paltry categories.


3/26/2015

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Lecture Series: Rebel: The Story of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez
Maria Aqui Carter, Writer & Director
Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

In her 1876 book, The Woman in Battle, Cuban-born Loreta Janeta Velazquez shocked the country with her stunning admission that she had served in the Civil War as Confederate soldier Harry T. Buford. Less known, if known at all, is that Ms. Velazquez, as Mr. Buford, organized an Arkansas regiment and served in the battles of Bull Run, Balls Bluff and Shiloh. She later would decide to serve (as a woman) as a Confederate spy instead of a male soldier. Not bound by roles or convention, Ms. Velazquez had affairs with men and women. Maria Aqui Carter's documentary film, Rebel, tells this non-traditional Civil War story and chronicles the life of this brave and fascinating woman. After the film, Ms. Carter will lead a conversation with the audience.


4/9/2015

7:00pm

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.
Admission: FREE

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.


4/23/2015

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Film Series Presents: A. Philip Randolph - For Jobs and Freedom
Date/Time: Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

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.


5/28/2015

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Film Series Presents: Margaret Walker - For My People
Date/Time: Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Best known, perhaps, for her novel Jubilee, 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. Friend of Richard Wright, Dr. Walker wrote his 1987 biography, The Daemonic Genius of Richard Wright: A Portrait of the Man, a Critical Look at His Works. Dr. Walker taught at Jackson State University from 1949 until her retirement in 1979. This documentary tells Dr. Walker's amazing story.



6/7/2015

3:00pm

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.