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Tuesday - Friday, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Clark Atlanta University Welcomes Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian Alan Taylor to Discuss his Latest Book - Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

ATLANTA (March 26, 2014) - - On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has the honor of presenting the distinguished Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft awardee Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor.  Taylor has authored numerous books on the subject of colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic. On this occasion Taylor will discuss his most recent publication, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, which was a National Book Award finalist for Nonfiction in 2013.

A graduate of Colby College and Brandeis University, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in 1986, Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Having taught on the faculties of the University of California, Davis, and Boston University, he is renowned for his contributions to microhistory, as exemplified in William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic (1996), which won the Bancroft, Beveridge and Pulitzer prizes. Surveying court and land records, letters, and diaries, Taylor reconstructs the economic, political and social history related to the land speculation and settlement of Cooperstown, New York, after the Revolutionary War. In the case of The Internal Enemy, reapplying this meticulous methodology, Taylor explicates how thousands of enslaved African Americans escaped their predicament during the War of 1812, and the specific nature of their service to the British. He goes so far as to reveal names and narratives of the escapees and their forlorn families from the archives of estate records, reparation claims, and court records.  Taylor is said to be among a generation of scholars committed to the recovery of narrative history. 

The lecture will take place in the auditorium of the Thomas W. Cole, Jr. Science Research Center. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow immediately in the atrium of the CAU Art Galleries in Trevor Arnett Hall, 2nd floor (adjacent to the TWC Science Research Center).  Guests are asked to RSVP via e-mail at: by Saturday, April 5, 2014. 

This event is sponsored by the Department of African American and Africana Women’s Studies and History, and the CAU Art Galleries. For more information, contact the CAU Art Galleries at (404)880-6102.    

Past Exhibits:

Arms Race to Embrace: James Pate's KKK Series, Kin Killin' Kin
January 19 - March 7, 2014

A visually stimulating exhibition addressing the epidemic of gun violence in communities nationwide.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Community forum with artist James Pate
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Opening reception featuring an Artist's Talk with James Pate
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries presents Arms Race to Embrace: James Pate’s KKK Series, Kin Killin’ Kin a visually stimulating exhibition addressing the epidemic of gun violence in urban communities nationwide. KKK: Kin Killin’ Kin is Pate’s personal protest to what he calls “Black-on-Black terrorism,” visually comparing it to Ku Klux Klan terrorism. In light of the national dialogue underway addressing the plight of African American males, this provocative exhibition will seek to engage communities in relevant discussions leading to plausible solutions to violence prevention. The exhibition opens Sunday, January 19, 2014, with a reception from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p. m., featuring an Artist’s Talk with James Pate. It continues through March 7, 2014.

As the national debate on gun violence and gun control continues to capture attention and make headlines, Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries offers the Atlanta community an opportunity to join the debate through this cutting-edge exhibition. “Certainly, gun violence is a too common reality in this country, but even more so in the African American community. KKK: Kin Killin’ Kin allows the Galleries to visually represent that reality in an engaging way. This exhibit is present as a catalyst to explore the myriad causes of gun violence,” says Tina Dunkley, Director or the Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries.

James Pate is intentional in naming the exhibition “KKK,” a longtime symbol and source of terrorism for African Americans, particularly during the Jim Crow era. Pate’s series of images, which include 12 charcoal drawings and one oil painting, each represent a “moment of silence and dedication” to people who have been impacted directly by gun violence. The artist portrays African American men in pointed “hoods,” similar to those worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan as a way to juxtapose disparate worlds and underscore the irony. Pate points to the book, “Without Sanctuary,” by Leon F. Litwack, which cites that “between 1882 and 1968, an estimated 4,742 Blacks met their death at the hands of lynch mobs.” However, between 1976 and 2000, 94% of Black homicide victims in America were killed by other Blacks. Pate’s notation of the latter statistic by the Bureau of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s research that homicide has been the leading cause of death for Black males between the age of 15 and 34 in recent years provide the impetus for the KKK Series.

James Pate’s KKK Series, Kin Killin’ Kin is atraveling art exhibition curated by Bing Davis and organized by Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture, Inc. and Ebony Nia Gallery in Dayton, Ohio. The exhibition in Atlanta is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Arms Race to Embrace: James Pate’s KKK Series is presented in collaboration with the city-wide celebration, Africa Atlanta 2014.

Ascending Yellow
Sunday, February 9, 2014
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Ticketed Fundraising Event in support of the Permanent Collection

Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries is proud to present Ascending Yellow, a memorial exhibition and art auction celebrating the late Dr. Richard A. Long, the longtime Fine Art Advisor to the Galleries. Long’s steadfast devotion to the preservation of the permanent collection made him an invaluable supporter until his death in January 2013. To commemorate Long’s cultural legacy in the humanities – founder of the Triennial International African Art Symposium in its 15th cycle – and his contribution to the visual arts, Clark Atlanta University commissioned a fantasy coffin in the image of Long’s indispensable car, a 1974 yellow B210 Datsun. The coffin, created in Accra, Ghana will be unveiled during the fundraiser reception on Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., the day that would have been Long’s 89th birthday.

In March 2013, the “CBS Sunday Morning” television show featured the Ghanaian tradition of memorializing the dead that can often include a vernacular crafted coffin in the likeness of an object or subject related to the deceased’s favorite pastime a year after their transition. Long was recognized as a major cultural historian, and he was the Atticus Haygood Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University.

The reveal will be preceded by a dance performance and reading of Long’s poem, “Ascending.”  Included in the presentation are works by local Atlanta artists inspired by Long’s legendary car that will be for sale in support of the University’s permanent collection. The fundraising exhibition will serve as an opportunity for the Galleries to raise funds to continue to preserve its internationally acclaimed collection, which is esteemed among Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This event is made possible through the generous support of Jim and Marsha Meadows, whose contribution covered the entire expense of the coffin’s production and shipping. 

For more information on this exhibition, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities please visit or send an e-mail to:

Ascending Yellow is presented in collaboration with the city-wide celebration, Africa Atlanta 2014.