NEWS AND EVENTS

08/07/2014

7:00pm

Film Series at Atlanta Cyclorama - Ethnic Notions

Event Date/Time: Thursday, August 7 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

Narrated by Esther Rolle, beloved matriarch of the Evans home in the 1970s sitcom Good Times, Ethnic Notions traces the disturbing and deeply rooted past of the stereotypes and images that have fueled the bitter hatred of and prejudice against African Americans since the early 1800s.

With commentary from respected scholars, the documentary shows how these images took firmer root after the Civil War, during Reconstruction, and helped pave the way for the more psychological racial oppression of the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement. The same stereotypes also would serve Hollywood well in the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, and advertising agencies from the early 20th-century to the present. A must see.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is proud to partner with Urban Film Review to screen a series of documentaries that focus on important themes of the Civil War and their relevance to contemporary society. After each sixty-minute film, historian and educator specializing in African American history, Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire community engagement.


08/10/2014

3:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: No Cowards in Our Band - A Narrated Concert. Featuring Opera Ebony with Masud Olufani as Frederick Douglass

Event Date/Time: Sunday, August 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

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As the Civil War raged on, concerned businessmen, politicians and abolitionists fought hard against slavery. Poetry set to popular and religious tunes, work songs, and Negro spirituals served as a redemptive balm for many African Americans during this time. Music provided moments of sustenance and hope for otherwise tortured bodies and souls. Join us as famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass recounts the tragedies and victories of those turbulent war years, set to music of the enslaved, in a special performance by the world-renowned voices of Opera Ebony.


08/21/2014

7:00pm

Speakers and Lecture Series at the Atlanta Cyclorama: What Shall We Remember? The Civil War Today - Featuring:
William Link, Professor of History, University of Florida
Michael Shaffer, Assistant Director, The Civil War Center/Kennesaw State University
Hari Jones, Assistant Director & Curator, The African American Civil Memorial and Museum
Christy Coleman, President, The American Civil War Center
Kahlil Chism, Education Specialist, The Carter Center

Event Date/Time: Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Atlanta Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

In 1871, Frederick Douglass gave a speech on Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) at the monument to the Unknown Dead of the Civil War in Arlington Cemetery. His speech included the following excerpt:

If we ought to forget a war which has filled our land with widows and orphans; which has made stumps of men of the very flower of our youth; which has sent them on the journey of life armless, legless, maimed and mutilated; which has piled up a debt heavier than a mountain of gold, swept uncounted thousands of men into bloody graves and planted agony at a million hearthstones - I say, if this war is to be forgotten, I ask, in the name of all things sacred, what shall men remember?

Now, 150 years hence, we still must ask ourselves this important question. As a community and as a nation what of the Civil War shall we remember? How does what we remember impact our present? And how will it influence our future? The invited presenters will help attendees explore answers to these complex questions



09/02/2014

6:30pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: Native Guard - A Poetic Reading Featuring: Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate (2012-2013), Professor & Author

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

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https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=8

Creatively and effectively weaving the threads of her personal family story with those of the Nations, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Tretheweys book of poetry is masterful. This assemblage of poems brings together memory and the immediacy of lived history. In each of the books three sections, Trethewey gives voice to a specific person or experience, and focuses on themes related to miscegenation, slavery and race, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. It culminates in a poignant collection of work that poetry lovers and historians will want to own. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


09/04/2014

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama Presents: The Long Climb to Freedom: The A.A. Burleigh Story Featuring: Hasan Davis, Actor

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8

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Born to an English sea captain and an African American mother, Angus Augustus Burleigh (1848-1939) lived the first two years of his life in freedom. But when Angus was two-years-old, his alcoholic father died and left him and his mother prey to the harsh realities of a slave nation. They were abducted and taken from Virginia to Kentucky and sold into slavery. Fourteen years later Angus would escape enslavement, join the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.), and help win the war against the Confederacy. In 1875 he graduated from Berea College and become a minister and educator.Join us for a riveting, one-man performance based on Mr. Burleighs life.


09/18/2014

7:00pm

Film Series at Atlanta Cyclorama - Race: The Power of an Illusion

Event Date/Time: Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

The division of the worlds peoples into distinct races (black, red, yellow, white) is so entrenched in our way of thinking that to suggest other wise 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.

The Atlanta Cyclorama is proud to partner with Urban Film Review to screen a series of documentaries that focus on important themes of the Civil War and their relevance to contemporary society. After each sixty-minute film, historian and educator specializing in African American history, Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue designed to stimulate critical thinking and inspire community engagement.


10/11/2014

7:00pm

Atlanta Cyclorama & John Q. Project Presents: In Camp - Same-Gender Loving Men and Women in Blue and Gray

Event Date/Time: Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cyclorama Auditorium
Admission: FREE for everyone

The terms homosexual and heterosexual did not exist during the Civil War; indeed, they would not find their way into common parlance until thirty years after the war ended. However, LGBTQ people did exist. The complicated role of LGBTQ people in the military certainly did not begin with Dont Ask, Dont Tell. Using primary documents, letters, and mixed media this program will explore the complex and often misunderstood lives and experiences of same-gender-loving men and women during the Civil War.