The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) invites you to attend the next free ABP Speaker Series event at the Atlanta BeltLine Center. On Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 pm, Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, a non-profit dedicated to identifying, recording, and preserving African-American history and culture, will give a talk on “Developing Partnerships in the Quest for Freedom.” In her talk, Dr. Sims-Alvarado will discuss how Atlanta came to be the epicenter of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, how Atlantans of multiple races came together in the quest for freedom, and how knowledge and arts accessibility can be democratized through the “open museum.”
After the talk, Dr. Sims-Alvarado will sign copies of her book, “Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement: 1944-1968.” Copies of the book will be available for sale at the Center for $22.
Recent visitors to the Eastside and Westside Trail have likely seen Dr. Sims-Alvarado’s photography exhibit that presents images documenting Atlanta’s contribution to the civil rights movement on large panels along the trail (image at left from the Eastside Trail). Part of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2018, the exhibition stretches across 4 miles on the two trails combined, making it the longest public photography exhibition on civil and human rights in the United States.
Dr. Sims-Alvarado’s talk is free and open to the public, but please register here so we know how many people to expect. We encourage everyone to walk, bike, ride-share, or take public transportation to this event. Here’s a link to a map where you can get directions to the Center. The Center can be accessed easily directly off of the Eastside Trail, just south of Irwin St. If you will be driving to the event, there is limited free parking on the first floor of the adjacent Alexan on Krog parking deck and paid valet parking is available in the gravel lot at the corner of Krog and Irwin Streets.