Faith & Spirit Community Calendar: Literary Festival to honor Coretta Scott King Book Awards, young adult authors

September 5, 20196min2520
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Literary Festival to honor Coretta Scott King Book Awards, young adult authors

The Friends of Auburn Avenue Research Library and Sisters of Today and Tomorrow will present “Celebrating Art, Music and Literary Works” on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History, 101 Auburn Ave., Atlanta.

Community Partners for the event include Big Bethel AME Church, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History, Sisters of Today and Tomorrow, Notes for Notes and Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr.

The Literary Festival, in its second year, will honor the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and 25th Anniversary of Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History, by kicking off Sisters of Today and Tomorrow’s “Sisters Circle” discussion featuring young adult authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal of the book, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight.” There will be a discussion on race relations, facilitated by Written Magazine’s Michelle Gipson.

“The book fair & festival will include an author’s panel, writers’ workshops, children’s activities, including face painting and story-time, with performers, poets and a DJ throughout the day to liven things up,” said Carla Morrison, president of the Friends of Auburn Avenue Research Library.

The event is sponsored by the small business members of Friends of Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture & History and Mr. Everything’s Café.


 Empowerment Breakfast for faith leaders set

Nicholas House’s Faith Partner Empowerment Breakfast will be Thursday, Sept. 12, 8-9:30 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut St SW, Atlanta 30314.

Diverse faith community leaders are invited to this forum to explore initiatives to empower homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency. Complimentary breakfast provided. RSVP to Norma at or 404-272-1718.


NAACP to host interfaith commemorative service

The NAACP, along with FAMA, the DeKalb History Center, and Compassionate Atlanta will present an interfaith commemoration service entitled “A Journey of Remembrance and Reconciliation” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at the DeKalb History Center, 101 East Court Square, Decatur. This event is free and open to the public. For information call 404-241-8006 or visit


Candler School of Theology welcomes racial equality experts

Candler School of Theology at Emory will present author Austin Channing Brown and veteran newspaper editor and award-winning author Hank Klibanoffin “Bearing Witness: Faith, Remembrance, and the Journey Toward Racial Justice” Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Decatur First UMC. The event is free and open to the public, with registration required. Register at

Several area churches have joined to co-sponsor with the goal of engaging communities of faith in honest reflection about the history and ongoing legacy of racial violence.

The event is offered in cooperation with the DeKalb County Remembrance Project, which is working with the Equal Justice Initiative ( in Montgomery, to create a memorial to victims of lynching in DeKalb County.


Georgia Justice Project talks expungement for convicted felons

Georgia Justice Project is bringing together stakeholders to speak with one voice about the need to expand Georgia’s law and allow expungement of certain misdemeanor and felony convictions after a period of time.

Early endorsements include Georgia Center for Opportunity, United Way of Greater Atlanta, The Temple, Racial Justice Action Center, and Southern Center for Human Rights.

Georgia has the highest rate of correctional control in the nation yet is one of only ten states that do not allow expungement of convictions. Employment is the most effective way to reduce recidivism. Changing Georgia’s law so that certain misdemeanor and felony convictions can be restricted and sealed after a period of time will unlock opportunity for thousands of Georgians who are rehabilitated and want to work, rebuild their lives, and provide better futures for their families. Learn more at

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