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From Wild Women Of The Blues To The Power Of Love: Atlanta Cyclorama Celebrates Women In March

Ma Rainey - 2“We continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta with two engaging events at the Atlanta Cyclorama in March,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ll explore the history of the Blues with the brilliant and revealing documentary Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues on March 6, and host a conversation about Civil War love stories with Wench author Dolen Perkins-Valdez on March 13. Both events are free and open to the public. If you are planning a meet-up with friends, ladies night, or just looking for something different to do, join us!”

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues – Free screening on Thursday, March 6 at 7 pm – The Blues is an art form born out of African AmericanAlberta Hunter economic and social conditions of the early-twentieth century.  It is rooted in the spirituals, field hollers and work songs of enslaved and sharecropper African Americans. Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues documents the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and other legendary African American women who made the Blues a vital part of African American culture.

The documentary not only chronicles the history of the Blues and the women who sang this powerful music, it also traces how the Blues provided important cultural ties for the many African Americans who left the rural south and migrated to northern cities during the Great Migration (1915-1940). It also shows the cultural shifts of the 1930’s and how the Blues gave way to Swing and other more upbeat music genres.

After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue.   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.

Dolen Perkins-ValdezThat Which Survives: Love Lost and Found in the Shadow of War (1861-1865) – Free Lecture and Q&A with author Dolen Perkins-Valdez on Thurs, March 13 at 7 pm –  When the Civil War began, the country wasn’t the only thing being torn apart.  Families—husbands and wives; brothers and sisters; mothers and fathers and their children; and life-long friends were being ripped one from the other.  War casualties would make many of those separations permanent.  After the war, loved ones began the long, difficult process of finding those from whom they had been separated.  Wench author, Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s new research focuses on the people, and women in particular, who survived the war, and their efforts to reestablish the ties of love that bound them.  Join her for an engaging evening of dialogue as she talks about the only thing that always survives: love.

The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in Grant Park in 1921. The building contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as aAtlanta Cyclorama - Battle Scene “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the two story museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called “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 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 our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.

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MEDIA: Here’s a photo link to go with this story: http://bit.ly/1dYYpCj.  Right click on photos and they have IDs. For a complete list of 2014 events, hi-res photos and bios, or to set up interviews, please contact Karen Hatchett/Hatchett PR at 770-433-1137 or karen.hatchett@charter.net.

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