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“Our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta continues at the Cyclorama with a spectacular September schedule,” states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Come enjoy an eloquent reading by award-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, take a triumphant journey to freedom in a powerful theatrical performance, and explore the real meaning of race in an eye-opening documentary. Bring your family, friends, film or book clubs and join us for some entertaining and thoughtful programs.”
Here’s the schedule:
There will be a reception with the author at 6 pm co-sponsored by the Alliance Theater and the Atlanta History Center.
Reading will begin at 7 pm.
Ticket Prices: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8. Buy your tickets here: https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=8
Creatively and effectively weaving the threads of her personal family story with those of the Nation’s, Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey’s book of poetry is masterful. This assemblage of poems brings together memory and the immediacy of lived history. In each of the book’s 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 and Ms. Trethewey will stay after the reading to autograph them.
Tickets Prices: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (4-12) $8. Buy your tickets here: https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=9
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. The Long Climb To Freedom is a riveting, one-man performance based on Mr. Burleigh’s life.
The division of the world’s peoples into distinct “races” (black, red, yellow, white) is so entrenched in our way of thinking that to suggest otherwise 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.
Here’s a sneak preview of the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8MS6zubIaQ
This screening is part one of a three-part series, and is being presented in partnership with Urban Film Review. 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.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in 1921. The building contains the world’s largest oil painting. The circular painting, known as a “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. For more information and to plan your visit our web site: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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