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Windows Speak Atlanta Life Insurance Sweet Auburn

Who are these faces on Auburn Avenue? A new photo project honors the history of a vacant Atlanta landmark

The original Atlanta Life Insurance Company building at 148 Auburn Avenue has sat empty, its windows boarded up, for nearly 40 years. Now, a new portrait series, “Windows Speak,” aims to honor the individuals who built the company, including its founder Alonzo Herndon, Atlanta’s first black millionaire.
Woodruff Arts Center

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 8-14

Bring the little ones to Toddler Takeover, an arts festival especially for kids at the Woodruff Arts Center, or listen to live music and peruse the vendors at the 35th annual Sweet Auburn Springfest.
For Keeps Bookstore Atlanta Auburn Avenue

For Keeps, a shop for rare and classic black books, opens on Auburn Avenue

Rosa Duffy's bookstore, For Keeps, is more than a place for visitors to purchase rare and classic black books. Duffy designed it to also be a reading room where people can stop in and interact with history that is often overlooked or placed in the bottom of the dollar bins at other bookstores.
Gary Pomerantz

Gary Pomerantz revisits Sweet Auburn in honor of Constellations’ grand opening

Author Gary Pomerantz published his book Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn in 1996 after five years of uncovering slave graves in the woods, conducting more than 500 interviews, and filling the holes left behind in Atlanta’s history by a lack of proper documentation. He spoke Thursday in honor of the opening of Gene Kansas's new coworking space, Constellations.
Candide Atlanta Symphony Alliance Theatre

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: May 9-15

Watch a musical version of Candide, explore Sweet Auburn during the annual Springfest, and light up the sky at the Decatur Lantern Parade.
Awethu House Sweet Auburn

What to know about Awethu House, Atlanta’s first “co-living for changemakers”

Billed as “Co-living for Changemakers” and an antidote to housing shortages and displacement, Awethu House’s suites are available via memberships to a property management and incubator group called the Guild, which has operated a fellowship program for entrepreneurs in East Lake for two years.
Gene Kansas

Gene Kansas

Gene Kansas has an affinity for adaptive-reuse projects, especially those on imperiled Auburn Avenue, the heart of a district famously dubbed Sweet Auburn when it was thriving during the first half of the 20th century. Kansas knows how fragile community and history can be, having seen his hometown literally underwater.

Black in Blue: Atlanta’s first African American police officers were vanguards of the civil rights movement

Mayor William Hartsfield and Police Chief Herbert Jenkins, both white, stood before Atlanta’s first eight African American police officers as they prepared for active duty. Hartsfield gave a rallying speech, warning that though 95 percent of the white cops didn’t want them, they were here to do what Jackie Robinson had done for baseball the year before.
Freddy Cole

One Square Mile: Freddy Cole and Sweet Auburn’s evolution

Freddy Cole sits at a table in a back corner of Sweet Auburn Seafood restaurant. The linens are crisp, the decor modern: shimmering tile, high-backed benches—all unmarked by smoke or time. This place is a welcome sign of slow resurgence in this historic part of town.
Julian Bond wreath

Julian Bond’s ‘unwavering commitment to fight for justice’ remembered at the King Center

Ceremony brings together nearly 200 hundred officials, activists, and onlookers for to reflect on the legacy of SNCC's co-founder.

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