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Remember a time when you felt free. Not bound by the weight of systems. Released from oppressive pressure. You were rich. Not necessarily in privilege or money, but rich in spirit, rich in hope, rich in joy, rich in love, rich in knowledge, rich in community. Flourishing.
For that moment, you were thriving. You were safe.
And you were free.
‘Black Soil’ seeks to highlight the pride and resiliency of Auburn Avenues black community in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The fierce, persistent, and hopeful spirit of black people living and working in this area during that time transcended what the rest of the world had to say about the value and worth of black bodies. Auburn ave was a safe haven. ‘THE Richest Negro Street in the World”. It was created for us by us. In all its richness and glory.
In the face of white supremacy and systematic racism following the 1906 Race riots, black people created something beautiful from black soil; red clay. The fertile foundation they meticulously created laid the foundation for a cultural revolution, for black opulence, and black wealth. What does it really mean to be rich, wealthy, and privileged in America. This body of work challenges what the world says about who we are as black people and looks to the hope of the future.
Enjoy treats from Sweet Auburn Bread Company and Mood food, and a curated selection of photo archives from the Auburn Ave Research Library. This is an event you don’t want to miss. *Masks are required! Limited Tickets! Now Available on Eventbrite! Get your free ticket now!
Available time slots:
6:30 pm-7:30 pm
7:30 pm-8:30 pm
What: Exhibition opening of Black Soil by Erin Richardson
When: Friday, January 15, 2021 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: Refuge Coffee Co., 145 Auburn Ave NE Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30303