Black History Essential Reading
An exhibit of photographs by Jim Alexander documenting the mass struggle for social and economic justice in the South.
A Panel Discussion - In order to understand past conflicts we must move from opinions to a fact based analysis rooted in research.
Moderated by Jim Alexander. Panelists include: Dr. Keith Baird, Dr. Mary Twining Baird and R. Candy Tate
MODERATOR | Jim Alexander is a 2006 inductee into “The HistoryMakers”, he was born in 1935 in Waldwick, NJ and has been an Atlanta resident since 1976. He obtained his first camera in 1952 while serving in the US Navy. A graduate of the NY Institute of Photography, Alexander has spent over 50 years documenting human rights and the African American experience, and teaching photography. Alexander is called a “participant observer” because of his activism in the arts, mass media, human rights and his documentation of issues he is actively concerned with. He is the co-founder of First World Bookstores. In 2003 the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American History and Culture celebrated his 50th anniversary in photography with 2 exhibits and an all day symposium. His work is in many private and public collections including the Smithsonian and AARL. He has had over 60 solo exhibits. His most recent show was a retrospective on American music titled “Black Music in America Since 1968: Photographs by Jim Alexander”, at the Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC. In2004 The Paul Jones Family Fund honored Alexander with an “Artist Of Distinction” award. In 1995 he was the first artist chosen by the city of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs in the “Atlanta Master Artist Program”.
PANELISTS |R. Candy Tate is the Assistant Director for the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University. She has over 20 years experience working in arts and development, including the Carlos Museum, The Herndon Home, Hammonds House Galleries, VSA Arts of Georgia, as well as owning her own gallery and artist consulting business. She is an alumni of Emory College and holds Masters degrees in art history and public administration. She has been an adjunct professor at Atlanta Metropolitan College and Clark Atlanta University, and currently is an ABD candidate in History at CAU completing a historiography on the Neighborhood Arts Center (1975-1990) and cultural politics in Atlanta.
Dr. Keith Baird, born in Barbados, is a retired professor and administrator of African World Studies and the Humanities, most recently at Clark Atlanta University. Over the years, in addition to scholarly writing, he has published book reviews, essays and poetry. He has occasionally done public dramatic readings. He is currently a freelance editor.
Dr. Mary Twining Baird is a retired professor and administrator from Clark Atlanta University, co-author of Sea Island Roots with Keith Baird. She has attended Dalcroze Eurythmic classes, Longy School of Music (Cambridge, Mass) and Juilliard School of Music. She is presently at work on a second book on the Sea Island region.