The center is opening “Civil War to Civil Rights,” a series of exhibitions and programs exploring American history from the 1860s through the 1960s, with the exhibit “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” on Jan. 30. The exhibit will feature 100 photographic portraits, of subjects from Frederick Douglass to Jimi Hendrix, from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery collection.
“With the Big Read kick-off event in mid-February and programs through mid-March, we are celebrating both Black History Month and Women’s History Month while honoring the contributions of Zora Neale Hurston,” Whitman said.
Selected as one of Time magazine’s 100 best English-language novels in 2005, “Their Eyes,” experienced another wave of popularity after the 2005 TV movie starring Halle Berry.
The Oprah Winfrey-produced movie will be shown repeatedly at the History Center on Feb. 27. Other Big Read events include talks by Hurston scholars Deborah Plant (Feb. 24-25) and Valerie Boyd (March 8). More information and to register: AtlantaHistory Center.com/BigRead.