WHERE PEACHTREE MEETS SWEET AUBURN

An Evening with
Author Gary Pomerantz

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An enriching opportunity to learn more about Atlanta.

Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: An Evening with Author Gary Pomerantz” was held May 31, 2018, the night before the Grand Opening of Constellations. The evening was an enriching opportunity to learn more about Atlanta, and about ourselves. With a cool, cultural and literary crowd of more than 200 on hand at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Sweet Auburn the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement fans of Pomerantz and of history learned and shared and celebrated together the richness of their life and times by reflecting upon the life and times of others.

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 Author Gary Pomerantz enjoys the company of friends in the North Star Library. The evening would progress into what became a great night for Atlanta with a packed house of 200 + listening to Gary and the  AJC ’s Bill Rankin talk race and history, pragmatism and promise, and ultimately a call for public art that stirred the crowd.

Author Gary Pomerantz enjoys the company of friends in the North Star Library. The evening would progress into what became a great night for Atlanta with a packed house of 200 + listening to Gary and the AJC’s Bill Rankin talk race and history, pragmatism and promise, and ultimately a call for public art that stirred the crowd.

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The book, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, is the definitive history of race in Atlanta, and features two prominent Atlanta families; the Ivan Allens mayor during the Civil Rights Movement, and the John Wesley Dobbs grandfather to Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African-American mayor. The program called upon Pomerantz to speak about Atlanta and history and about writing Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn. 

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After, his good friend, AJC reporter Bill Rankin, joined the conversation for an on-stage interview, followed by a Q&A, and then a book signing in the lobby. A highlight of the evening was an impromptu “family portrait” of the Dobbs-Jackson and Ivan Allen families on stage and in the spotlight to celebrate this historic occasion.

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