4th Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium

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Summary Sentence: We invite scholars and activists to learn from and act on research about Atlanta’s mobilities, including that of its central city and the broader metropolitan area.

Full Summary: Atlanta Studies is proud to host an annual symposium that tackles social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues facing Atlanta.

  • Downtown Atlanta Downtown Atlanta

The 2016 Atlanta Studies Symposium schedule is available! Please register for the symposium below or through the link here. As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Joe Crespino will deliver the keynote, titled “Black Jesus in Atlanta: Searching for the Beloved Community After Martin Luther King’s Assassination”:

Five months after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, nearly 50,000 black and white citizens of Atlanta, Georgia, filled the city’s major league baseball stadium to watch an interracial passion play in which the role of Jesus was played by a black man, William Holmes Borders, senior pastor at Wheat Street Baptist Church. Sponsored by an interracial and ecumenical ministerial group, the play was designed to ease racial tensions in the aftermath of King’s death. Hailed by the local and national press at the time as a breakthrough in southern race relations, the event has long since been forgotten both in civil rights history, as well as Atlanta’s history. It represents a fascinating moment in which to explore the racial and spiritual crisis in the white and black community in civil rights-era Atlanta.

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In Campus Calendar

College of Design, School of City & Regional Planning, CQGRD - Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, School of Architecture, CSPAV - Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
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