From Wild Women Of The Blues To The Power Of Love:
Atlanta Cyclorama Celebrates Women In March
Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues – Free screening on Thursday, March 6 at 7 pm
The Blues is an art form born out of African American economic and social conditions of the early-twentieth century. It is rooted in the spirituals, field hollers and work songs of enslaved and sharecropper African Americans. Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues documents the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and other legendary African American women who made the Blues a vital part of African American culture.
That Which Survives: Love Lost and Found in the Shadow of War (1861-1865) – Free Lecture and Q&A with author Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Wench)on Thurs, March 13 at 7 pm
When the Civil War began, the country wasn’t the only thing being torn apart. Families—husbands and wives; brothers and sisters; mothers and fathers and their children; and life-long friends were being ripped one from the other. War casualties would make many of those separations permanent. After the war, loved ones, African American and white, began the long, difficult process of finding those from whom they had been separated. Wench author, Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s new research focuses on the people, and women in particular, who survived the war, and their efforts to reestablish the ties of love that bound them. Join her for an engaging evening of dialogue as she talks about the only thing that always survives: love.
“We continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta with two engaging events in March,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ll explore the history of the Blues with the brilliant and revealing documentary Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues on March 6, and host a conversation about Civil War love stories with Wench author Dolen Perkins-Valdez on March 13. Both events are free and open to the public. If you are planning a meet-up with friends, ladies night, or just looking for something different to do, join us!”