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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Best bets for Black History Month in Atlanta

Danny Lyon, The March on Washington

Celebrate Black History Month in Atlanta with Rev. Joseph Lowery, Fishbone, the first annual Black History Month Parade on Auburn Ave., and more. Details after the jump.

Radcliffe Bailey

The Atlanta Hawks are honoring African American trailblazers throughout the month, including artist Radcliffe Bailey, the first African American NBA player Earl “Big Cat” Lloyd, and others. Check the NBS for dates and details.

Legendary ska punk band Fishbone plays Masquerade on Wed., Feb. 15. Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, a documentary about the all-black group's 25 year history, was recently released in honor of Black History Month.

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  • COURTESY U*SPACE

U*Space Gallery shows Mammies, Coons, & Pickaninnies or Not All Black Folks Eat Watermelon: The Perpetuation of Racial Stereotypes Through the Use of Visual Imagery , an "exhibit that examines how over time, stereotypical blueprints were introduced into popular culture against non-whites that are still very much alive today. The exhibit features more than a hundred original images from the 1800's & 1900's. So entwined are these stereotypes within the white and non-white communities that it is impossible today to say what was produced as intentional and what was produced unintentionally." The exhibit runs through Feb. 26.

Faith Ringgold, American People #18 The Flag is Bleeding, 1967
  • Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York
  • Faith Ringgold, "American People #18 The Flag is Bleeding," 1967

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art exhibits American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s, a comprehensive survey of Ringgold's political work of the 60s. On Sun., Feb. 19, Dr. Halima Taha will lecture on collecting African American art at the museum.

Danny Lyon, The March on Washington

The High Museum recently unveiled an ongoing (and hopefully permanent) exhibition of civil rights photography. The exhibition draws on the museum's collection of prints from 1956 to 1968, a body of work organized by former curator of photography Julian Cox for the landmark 2008 exhibition, Road to Freedom.

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The first annual Black History Month Parade begins at noon on Sun., Feb. 25 on Auburn Ave. More details.

Rev. Joseph Lowery

The inimitable Civil Rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery discusses his new book, Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land, with Michael Julian Bond at the Georgia Center for the Book on Feb. 27. More details at GCFTB.

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