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“In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, we will kick off our 2014 program at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum with two fascinating events,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “On Thursday, February 6 we’ll screen the inspiring film February One which tells the story of the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins that revitalized the Civil Rights Movement. Since legislation which came directly out of the Civil War laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement, we feel our audiences will want to see this powerful documentary. Then, we’ll host author Barbara Krauthamer on Thursday, February 20 for a rousing conversation about her book, Black Slaves, Indian Masters. Both of our February events are FREE and open to the public so put them on your calendar and join us!”
In partnership with Urban Film Review, the Atlanta Cyclorama will screen February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four on Thursday, February 6 at 7 pm. The documentary tells the story of the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and how four college freshmen changed the course of American history.
The Greensboro Four, Ezell Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil, were friends at North Carolina A&T University before becoming political activists. Two of the four had grown up where segregation was not legal, while another’s father was active in the NAACP. On January 31, 1960 the four dared each other to do something that would change their lives forever. They decided to sit-in at the whites-only lunch counter at Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro the next day.
On February 1st, dressed in their Sunday best, the four men sat down at the lunch counter. They were refused service and when they didn’t leave, the store manager closed the counter. In the days that followed the four were joined by more students from local Black colleges and white students who also sat-in at other lunch counters in Greensboro. The Civil Rights Movement was the first major social movement to be covered by television news so word of the events spread across the nation like a prairie fire. Within a few days students were sitting in at lunch counters in fifty-four cities around the South. Finally after months of protests the Woolworth management quietly integrated its lunch counter.
After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue. He is an historian and researcher specializing in African American history. Mr. Muhammad has written and lectured about Morehouse College history, Dr. Georgia Dwelle, Dinah Watts Pace, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers and David T. Howard, among others. He is under contract on the Arcadia Publishing book project, Images of America: South – View Cemetery.
On Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm Barbara Krauthamer, Author and Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be the special guest at Atlanta Cyclorama to talk about her groundbreaking book, Black Slaves, Indian Masters. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Many African Americans have long thought that the relationship between Native Americans and enslaved African Americans was special, marked by similar cultural beliefs and a common enemy. In fact, many African Americans claim Indian ancestry. What many people do not know is that some Indians, particularly the Choctaw and Chickasaw, bought, sold and owned Africans and African Americans from the late-eighteenth century through the end of the Civil War. In Black Slaves, Indian Masters Barbara Krauthamer exposes this little known chapter of U.S. history. In the process, she challenges established scholarship on U.S. chattel slavery, emancipation, race and Black citizenship.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in its current location in Grant Park in 1921. The building contains the largest oil painting in the world. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the entire series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive involved in the Civil War adventure called the “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. Our beautiful terrace, historical lobby and state-of-the-art theater are available for rental for your club meetings, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, graduation and anniversary parties! “Like” us on Facebook for the latest updates: http://on.fb.me/1f1ImC7. For more information and to plan your visit: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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