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.