Events and Programs



Anthony Grooms-The Vain Conversation

Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters—Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims; Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator; and Lonnie Henson, a witness to the murders as a ten-year-old boy. Lonnie’s inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world and ultimately back to Georgia, where he must confront Jacks and his own demons, with the hopes that doing so will free him from the grip of the past. In The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and sometimes levity, he explores what it means to redeem, as well as to be redeemed, when dealing with America’s race violence, and he speaks to the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere. A foreword is provided by American poet, painter, and novelist Clarence Major. An afterword is written by T. Geronimo Johnson, the bestselling author of Welcome to Braggsville and Hold It ’Til It Hurts.

Wednesday,February 20, Doors open 5:30

Program, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Book Signing 7:00 pm

Ticket includes: Book Signing, Drink Ticket. Book available for purchase

$5 members, $10 non members

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Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 2nd floor

101 E. Court Square, Decatur GA 30030


The History of African American Politics in DeKalb, from Struggle to Transformation

11th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Please join us at this year’s 11th Annual Black History Month celebration of DeKalb County’s vibrant and powerful African American political heritage! Dynamic presenters, elected politicians, and community leaders will educate us about the early days of voter intimidation and how the African American citizenry of DeKalb mobilized to register to vote, to protest, and to destroy Jim Crow laws, despite being fired from jobs, shamed, and even violently attacked. Some of the highlights of the program include the WWI soldier and the concept of the New Negro, the Primus King case, the elimination of the all-white Democratic primary, voter intimidation, the Obama legacy, and how to prepare for future political issues in diverse communities, followed by an original film and soul-stirring music.

Mrs. Deborah Strahorn - Program Moderator

Dr. Mary Etta Thomas - Panel Moderator

Representative Billy Mitchell, Georgia House District 88 - Opening Speaker
Dr. Robert Holmes - Former Georgia State Representative for the 53rd District;
Mr. Peter Scott - Former civil rights journalist at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Panel Speakers:
Representative Vernon Jones - Georgia House District 91
Mr. Jamar Boyd II - Minister and President of Georgia NAACP Youth & College Division
Mrs. Smah Abdelhamid - Community Organizer in DeKalb County
Ms. Janelle Jones - Regional Field Director, Republican Party of Georgia

DeKalb School of Performing Arts Chorus - Musical Talent

Thursday, February 14
11:00 am - 1:15 pm
Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Second Floor
101 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030

Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members
Registration includes a catered buffet lunch.




DeKalb Traveler + Member Meet Ups


DHC Member Meet Ups

Known for their craft cocktails, the Pinewood is of of Decatur's neighborhood gems! Described by Restaurant website, Eater:Atlanta as one of the 10 essential Atlanta Cocktail bars. Come and enjoy an enjoy an after hours mixer with fellow DeKalb History Center members. Grab a cocktail and let's get to know each other!

Tuesday January 29, 5:00 pm

The Pinewood, Decatur

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030



DeKalb Traveler- Member Only

The Delta Flight Museum

February 26, 12:00 pm

1060 Delta Blvd B-914, Atlanta, GA 30354

Take a trip back in time as we explore a behind the scenes look at the Delta Flight Museum. Included is a look inside a Boeing 747. Tour involves moderate walking between hangars.

DHC Member Only (Guests of Members Allowed)RSVP Required, 

Ticket: $5  for Senior/Teacher/Student/Individual/Household<$75

Patron+ ($75+) members are , no need to purchase tickets just RSVP

Transportation NOT provided.