Here are five things you need to know about the week ahead. For a full listing of events and things to do, check out the Patch calendar of events.
No school today. The Atlanta Public and Fulton County school systems are observing Presidents Day. Classes resume Tuesday.
Activists lecture at Spelman College. Activists, authors and professors Angela Y. Davis and Melissa Harris-Perry will give public lectures on "More than a Vote: Women’s Struggle for Full Citizenship." 6 p.m. Thursday at Spelman College. Free.
Bits of Africa. This panel discussion will address the relevance of African arts in the lives of contemporary African Americans. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Southwest Arts Center at 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta. Free.
Social Security planning. This free class starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Branch Library at 3665 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta.
South Metro Development Outlook Conference. The theme of this 11th annual economic development conference is Collaborate to Compete. Starts at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Georgia International Convention Center. $55.