Georgia, and especially the metro Atlanta area including Midtown, was instrumental in the civil rights movement. In an area full of African-American leaders, pioneers and history-makers, there is an abundance of events during this last week of Black History Month 2013.
Maybe there aren't all that many in Midtown, but there are a few that are worth checking out throughout the city:
- So, it's not quite black history, but the Al Smith Midtown Jam Session at the Apache Cafe is just what you need in the middle of the week. Come in, sit back and express gratitude to the African-Americans who came before to create those funky, jazzy, soulful sounds that we jam to today. The jam session starts at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. $6 admission. 21+ to enter.
- The Hammonds House Museum is currently exhibiting "HOMECOMING: The African-American Family History in Georgia" from the archives of Auburn Avenue Research Library until April 28.
- Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road NW, is offering "A Gospel Works Concert" featuring beloved African-American spiritual masterworks and some of the city's most talented soloists. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
- "Mine Eyes Have Seen," a photography exhibit of the 1968 March on Washington by renowned social activist photographer Bob Adelman is on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site visitors center at 450 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta on Feb. 25. Full details.
- The historical exhibit, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School: A Journey of Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice explores the founding of Our Lady of Lourdes for African Americans in the early 1900's and the impact the church and school have had on Atlanta's disenfranchised and oppressed. This exhibit is open during regular operating hours of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Full details.
- The DeKalb History Center is honoring four entertainment legends at its sixth annual Black History Month celebration on Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the historic DeKalb County Courthouse. The event is sponsored in part by The Champion Newspaper, the DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau and Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home. Cost is $35. Full details.
- The art exhibit, "A Legacy of Excellence: African-American Exceptionalism in the United States," is being hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta and the office of City Councilman Ivory Young. The exhibit, by Atlanta artist Nelson Williams, is open during the regular operating hours of the library. Full details
- The Black History Month Parade, which takes place on Saturday in downtown Atlanta, features marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, non-profits, celebrities, corporate groups, artisitc expressionist, entertainment and fun for the whole family. The event is free and open to the public. Full details.