Atlanta Beltline Receives National Award

2/7/2014, 12:19 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Mayor Kasim Reed this week with the Overall Excellence Award for Smart Growth Achievement ...
The Atlanta Beltline, one of this year’s award winners. Photo by Christoper T. Martin, courtesy of Atlanta Beltline.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library Events Listing

“The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy”
author’s discussion and book signing will be at 3 p.m.
on Sun., Feb. 9 at the Hammonds House Museum located at 503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

In recognition of Black History Month 2014, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host author Pellom McDaniels, III, who will discuss his latest publication. The book chronicles the life of Isaac Burns Murphy, the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, whose life and legacy spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the adoption of Jim Crow legislation. Drawing from legal documents, census data, and newspapers, this comprehensive profile explores how Murphy epitomized the rise of the black middle class and contributed to the construction of popular notions about African Americans during his lifetime. 

“The Triptych” film screening and community discussion will be at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 13 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. In collaboration with the Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech University, the Central Library and as part of Africa Atlanta 2014, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a screening of “The Triptych.” The film is produced by Afropunk Pictures and it features intimate conversation with three cutting edge contemporary artists of African descent; Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne and Wangechi Mutu. This event includes a post screening discussion with the film’s director Terence Nance and Georgia Tech artist in residence Sanford Biggers.

General Motors grants STEM scholarships

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, will accept applications for 2014 scholarships from now through 5 p.m. EST on Fri., Feb. 28.

This is the fourth year the Buick Achiever Scholarships will be awarded to students who excel in the classroom and give back to the community. To be eligible for the program, high school seniors or current undergraduate students must be looking to obtain a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math, also known as STEM, or other eligible fields related to the auto industry.

Students from the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible. To apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarship, or to register for more information, visit www.buickachievers.com.

Sixth Annual Youth Anti-Violence Contest

The Ryan Cameron Foundation is looking for students between 3rd and 12th grade to submit original artwork, poetry, or 60-second skit about bullying or teen safe driving.

Prizes include cash and pizza party. The deadline for all submissions is Fri., Feb. 14. For more information, visit www.ryancameron.org.

Georgia Connections Academy celebrates online learning

Georgia Connections Academy is encouraging families to explore virtual charter schooling, which is one of the public education options available for students in the state.

Free online information sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays in January and February. Details are available at www.GeorgiaConnectionsAcademy.com.

Representatives of the school will be available at these events:

Athens Kids Expo, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 15, The Classic Center,

300 N. Thomas St. in Athens

Savannah Southern Women’s Show, Feb. 21-23, Savannah Convention Center, One International Dr. in Savannah