For the first time in our history, the ASA is introducing Walking Panels – a new feature of the annual conference pioneered by the Atlanta Local Arrangements Committee (LAC). The Walking Panels, which are scheduled during the standard session times, will complement and expand on the regular pre and post-conference activities of the annual conference. These Walking Panels will give attendees an opportunity to explore the rich variety cultural and community organizations and programs in Atlanta. The Walking Panels include guided tours of historic districts, landmarks, and special museum exhibits that provide insights into the African, African American, and African Diasporic history and experiences in Atlanta. Walking Panels also provide attendees with opportunities to interact with some of the people who form the intellectual and cultural fabric of the “City in the Forest.”

If you’re interested in a particular Walking Panel, you may sign up online in advance, and pay any associated fees, if applicable at the Special Services section of the ASA registration desk. Once you’re at the conference, just take a taxi, Uber, Lyft or MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) train, bus, or the Atlanta Streetcar ( to the venue. Walking Tours are scheduled to allow time to travel to each venue, and back to the conference hotel to attend the standard session. A designated Walking Panel guide from the respective organization who is named in this program, will be at the meeting point to meet attendees, for a guided tour.

Thursday, November 29

I-V-7 “Sweet Auburn” Walking Panel
Date: Thursday, November 29, 8:30am-10:30am
Guide: Nedra Deadwyler
Meet Location: Marriott Marquis Hotel Lobby
Capacity: 30 participants
Cost: Free
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Civil Bikes will take conference participants on a walk-through history. We will offer contextualization of how the Civil War impacted U.S./ Atlanta’s race relations setting the scene for the modern-day Civil Rights Movement. We will walk through downtown and parts of Historic Sweet Auburn to see the early formation of Black life, community, culture, and resistance. On the tour we will discuss parks, street art, and architecture and buildings to discuss people and place.

II-V-4 Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness Walking Panel
Date: Thursday, November 29, 10:30am-12:15pm (tour is from 11:00-11:45am)
Guide: Makeba Dixon-Hill, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Meet Location: Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 350 Spelman Ln SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Capacity: 40 participants
Cost: Free Admission ($3 suggested donation)
Sign up by emailing [email protected] with “ASA Tour” in the subject line
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to invite ASA attendees to a 45-minute guided tour of the United States premiere of Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. In this internationally acclaimed exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs, visual activist Zanele Muholi, whose preferred pronouns are they and them, uses their body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive. Muholi’s psychologically charged portraits are unapologetic in their directness as they explore different archetypes, personal and collective histories, contemporary politics, and global events. Somnyama Ngonyama employs the conventions of classical painting, fashion photography, and the familiar tropes of ethnographic imagery to critically rearticulate contemporary identity politics. With emphasis on the dark complexion of their skin, Muholi interrogates complex representations of beauty, pride, and desire. Gazing defiantly at the camera, Muholi challenges the viewer’s perceptions while firmly asserting their cultural identity on their own terms.

To get to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, you can take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. This guided tour will be led by Makeba Dixon-Hill, Curator of Education at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She can be contacted at [email protected] for additional information.

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness is organized by Autograph, London, and curated by Renée Mussai.

III-V-5 Civil Rights Sites Along Freedom Park Trail Walking Panel
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2:00-3:45pm
Guide: Sophia Nelson
Meet Location: “The Bridge” sculpture, Freedom Park Trail. Moe’s Southwest Grill at 863 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Take an Uber or Lyft to the Moe’s Southwest Grill at 863 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA; Please arrive as promptly as you can; allow at least ten minutes for travel time to the starting point.

  • From the parking lot, make your way to Ponce De Leon Ave NE, then head left until you find a pathway called the “Freedom Park Trail.”
  • “The Bridge” is a large statue on that trail.

Capacity: 7 Participants
Cost: Free
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This discussion will draw largely upon a number of historic sites noted in Sacred Places: A Guide to the Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia written by the late Harry G. Lefever and Michael C. Page, Geographer and Lecturer. Participants will be introduced to African-American history spread throughout the city of Atlanta, while examining the methods used to establish particular street name changes, museums, walking trails, sculptures, and historical markers. Specific examples include: John Lewis Freedom Parkway, Herndon Home Museum, the Atlanta Student Movement Walking Trail, and The Bridge (sculpture).

Friday, November 30

VI-V-4 Oakland Cemetery’s African American Burial Grounds Walking Panel
Date: Friday, November 30, 10:30am-12:15pm
Guide:  Dr. D.L. Henderson
Meet Location: 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312; Entrance: 366 M.L.K. Jr Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Capacity: 25 Participants
Cost: Free
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This tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding, and ordinary, African Americans who fought to overcome the effects of slavery and racism to help shape the history of Atlanta. A few of the notable African Americans buried at Oakland include Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson; Bishop Wesley John Gaines, minister and founder of Morris Brown College; Carrie Steele Logan, who established the first orphanage for African American children in Atlanta; and Selena Sloan Butler, founder of the first African American parent-teacher association in the United States. The tour will meet at the entrance of Historic Oakland Cemetery at 10:30. The entrance is located at Oakland Avenue and MLK Jr. Drive (there is a parking lot located by the front gate).

VII-V-4 Reconstruction to Reclamation: African American History at the Georgia Capitol Walking Panel
(Panel starts promptly at 2:00, car service is a 5-minute ride)
Date: Friday, November 30, 2:00-3:45pm
Guide: Kayla Adams
Meet Location: 206 Washington St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Capacity: 30 Participants
Cost: Free
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As a “Temple of Democracy” and the “House of the People,” the Georgia State Capitol has not always been a place of equal representation, but it has been a site of significant change. On Friday, November 30, at 2:00 pm the Georgia Capitol Museum will present the history of struggle and transformation at the Georgia State Capitol, beginning with representation in the General Assembly during Reconstruction and ending with the installation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument in 2017. The tour will also include information about the Capitol’s sit-in, Senator Leroy Johnson, Dr. King’s funeral procession, Jimmy Carter’s inauguration, and Coretta Scott King. Visitors will meet at the WEST entrance outside on Washington Street for the Tour. Please bring a photo ID.

VIII-V-1 Foot Traffic Walking Panel on the work of Ruth Stanford
Friday, November 30, 4:00-5:45pm
Guide: Dr.  Ruth Stanford
Meet location: To walk together, meet in the International Lobby on the International level of the conference hotel near the exterior doors promptly at 4 p.m. to walk to the exhibit together. Or, make your own way to CMII. From the main exit of the hotel, walk one block south on Peachtree Center Ave NE toward Portman Blvd. Turn right onto Andrew Young International Blvd. Walk one block west, turn left onto Peachtree St. At Houston St turn left for only 100 ft and then continue south on Park Place towards 25 Park Place.
Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) is located at 25 Park Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, corner of Park Place and Edgewood Avenue, across from Woodruff Park.
Capacity: 25 participants
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The Georgia State University College of the Arts and the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design invite attendees to a 45-minute Walking Panel to explore Foot Traffic, an exhibition of video and photographic work by sculptor and faculty member Ruth Stanford. Created during a summer artist residency at Wayi Wayi Art Gallery and Studio in Livingstone, Zambia, Foot Traffic explores real and imagined communities and the solitary yet collective journeys evoked by marks left in the streets as the citizens of Livingstone go about their daily lives.
The Walking Panel will include a viewing of the work and discussion with the artist. The work can also be viewed at Georgia State’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) from the street 24/7. Educating the next generation of digital storytellers, CMII prepares students to become media professionals for Georgia’s workforce, fosters research, and incubates local companies that will contribute to the growing entertainment sector.

Saturday, December 1

X-V-3 West End African American Sites Walking Panel
Date: Saturday, December 1, 10:30am-12:15pm
Guides: Robert Thompson, Insight Cultural Tourism and Velma Thomas Fann, author and public historian
Meet Location: West End MARTA Station, 680 Lee Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Capacity: 20 Participants
Cost: Free
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Join us as we explore the history and culture of Atlanta’s historic West End, located just one mile from the Atlanta University Center. Visit the 19th century house museum where the Uncle Remus African American folktales of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox are chronicled and retold. The Tour also focuses on architecture; historic homes from the late 1800s.  Enjoy African American art galleries and historical exhibits, and join in on the conversation of how the Atlanta Beltline is transforming the community.
Directions: It would be fastest to take Uber or Lyft, instead of public transportation.

XI-V-6 Art of Ancient Africa: Then and There, Here and Now Walking Panel in The Fred and Rita Richman Skyway Galleries of African Art
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2:00-3:45pm (two 40-minute tours, 2:20-3:00 and 3:00-3:40)
Guide: Carol Thompson, the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art
Meet Location: High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Capacity: 25 Participants max. for each panel
Cost: Free with advance sign-up
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To reflect the continent’s deep, rich history while highlighting recent innovations, the African art galleries present a diversity of forms from ancient through contemporary times. Selected pairings of key art-works, made both now and long ago, are displayed near one another to create dialogues across time and space. This installation, unveiled on Oct. 13, includes the recent acquisition, Minotaurus, by Nandipha Mntambo, a larger-than-life self-portrait of the artist as a minotaur, cast in bronze.

Admission includes access to the permanent collection and the special exhibition, and all special exhibitions with the exception of Kusama.

Carol Thompson, the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art, will guide ASA attendees through the newly-installed Skyway Galleries of African Art. The first 40-minute tour starts at 2:20, to allow time for attendees to commute between the conference hotel and the High. Second tour begins at 3:00. For more information, please contact Carol Thompson at [email protected].