Events and Programs

DHC hosts a wide variety of educational and fun events throughout the year. Please join our e-mail list to get timely updates.

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America's Black Mecca: Minimum Income Required*

*Atlanta has been associated with black excellence and achievements in politics, business, and education earning it the nickname “the Black Mecca” by systematically exploiting poor black Atlanta.

The DeKalb History Center’s July Lunch and Learn will be presented by Maurice J. Hobson, PhD (Georgia State) who will discuss politics and class in the making of modern Atlanta.

Dr. Maurice Hobson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Historian at Georgia State University. Dr. Hobson earned his Ph.D. degree in History, in African American and 20th Century U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored “The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta” published with the University of North Carolina Press. He actively engages in social sciences and has created a new paradigm called the Black New South, which explores the experiences of black people in the American South since WWII. 

Come prepared to listen, learn, and share as Dr. Hobson discusses his new book detailing how Atlanta’s political leadership -- from the election of Atlanta’s first black mayor through the city’s hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games -- has consistently mishandled the black poor.  Hobson argues that Atlanta’s political leadership has governed by bargaining with white business interests to the detriment of ordinary black Atlantans telling this story through the prism of the Black New South, Atlanta politics, policy, and pop culture.

Tuesday, July 17, noon to 1:00 p.m.

Free & Open to the Public! Bring your lunch!

Historic DeKalb Courthouse

101 E. Court Square, Decatur GA 30030



This monthly program will emphasizes play and learning through the arts, sciences, and literature. Each class will feature a different central theme that we will use to rediscover or learn about the world around us. Past themes have included trucks, colors, and seasons.

“Welcome Wednesdays” is designed for children aged 2 - 5 with an accompanying adult. Each program is the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 AM.

Shapes - July 11, 2018

For theme schedule and dates:

Click Here For Themes and Dates

Contact Marissa for questions, 404 373 1088 ext 20,



DeKalb Traveler - Atlanta History Center

The DeKalb History Center continues our monthly series exclusively for members called “DeKalb Traveler”. Groups will be limited in size to ensure quality programming. A nominal fee and registration will be required.

July 14 - Atlanta History Center

Cost $5 per/person Members of DHC only

Transportation: Guests must provide their own transportation

RSVP and Tickets Required

Contact Marissa Howard for Tickets Information

404.373.1088 Ext 20 or



We're Open: See You Saturday!

Beginning July 14, the DeKalb History Center Museum will be open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Now visitors will be able to stop in and visit our free exhibits six days of the week! We currently have four uniquely interesting exhibits on display: Reclaimed by Nature: The Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain, Decorative Arts: From the Permanent Collection, Tears and Curses: A Human Look at the Civil War, and The Mid Century Ranch House: Hip and Historic. Or stop by during the week for a cool break – Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Museum Hours: Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

                                        Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public!