Edwin Augustus Harleston (1882-1931) was an artist and civil rights leader whose work has been all but forgotten by contemporary art historians and civil rights advocates. As a co-founder of the Charleston, South Carolina branch of the NAACP, he was a tireless champion for the rights of the city's African American citizens. This symposium will explore the life and work of Edwin A. Harleston, his relationships, and his significance within the context of an emerging black awareness during the interwar years.
The symposium and keynote will be followed by a workshop led by local artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier using images found in the Robert Langmuir African American photograph collection and other archival materials to create works of art based on the theme: "Stay Woke: African American Art and Activism."
Free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Sat, May 20, 2017
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Level 3, Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322
Akua McDaniel, Spelman College
Amalia Amaki, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Michael Harris, Emory University
Mae Whitlock Gentry
10:00AM - 11:30AM - Paper presentations
11:30AM - 1:00PM - Open for attendees to eat lunch offsite
1:00PM - 1:45PM - Keynote address
1:45PM - 2:00PM - Break
2:00PM - 3:30PM - Workshop