PRESS RELEASE: June 10, 2015
CONTACT: Garfield Peart
National Organization of Minority Architects, Atlanta Chapter
1072 West Peachtree Street, NW, #7844
Atlanta, GA 30357
New Exhibit Highlights Stories of Atlanta’s Prominent Minority Architecture, Engineering and Construction Trailblazers
In Their Words: Inspirational Stories of Atlanta’s Minority AEC Trailblazers Exhibit opened at the AIA Convention 2015, Georgia World Congress Center and Center for Civil and Human Rights on May 13 & 16, 2015.
Exhibit Websites: http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaMinorityAECTrailblazers and http://nomaatlanta.org/
The fact is many of Atlanta’s iconic buildings and transformative projects have been managed, designed, engineered and constructed by minority trailblazers who overcame extreme challenges in the era of civil rights. In 2013, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) hosted a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. entitled 50 Years of Diversity in Atlanta’s AEC Community; Celebrating our Trailblazers of Change, acknowledging the impact of these trailblazers and 50 years of diversity in Atlanta’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. The same year, the chapter entered in partnership with StoryCorps Atlanta aimed to capture the stories of inspiration and success of some of the most prominent minorities in the Atlanta AEC community. As a result, NOMA Atlanta had the extraordinary opportunity to record the stories of Oscar L Harris; C. David Moody, Jr; Cheryl McAfee; William J. Stanley III; Joseph W. Robinson Sr.; and Zubaida Musharraf. The first-ever collection of these prominent minority AEC trailblazer stories are presented in a special audiovisual experience entitled In Their Words: Inspirational Stories of Atlanta’s Minority AEC Trailblazers which opened at the recent American Institute of Architects National Convention in Atlanta, May 13 to 16, 2015.
The Atlanta AEC Trailblazers in this exhibit have all played significant roles in the development and progress of Atlanta’s built environment. The exhibit showcases each Atlanta AEC Trailblazer’s story with personal highlights, photos, accomplishments as well as a QR code that takes visitors to the audio interviews to hear their stories in the trailblazer’s own words. In the audios, our Atlanta AEC Trailblazers share in-depth stories of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement from the last 50 years on their own lives and professional practice as well how we can continue to make progress as a city and profession. All stories were produced by NOMA Atlanta, with interviews recorded by StoryCorps. The exhibit was on display at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 13, 2015 thru May 16, 2015 and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for one night only on May 16, 2015. Additional sites around the Atlanta metro area and the country are planned. Throughout the coming year there will be programming highlighting the AEC trailblazers and the work they accomplished. For more information on the exhibit and events, visit our websites: www.facebook.com/AtlantaMinorityAECTrailblazers and http://nomaatlanta.org/.
This exhibit would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are grateful to: Oscar Harris, FAIA; Clement & Wynn Program Managers; Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry, Inc.; Stanley Love-Stanley, P.C; C.D. Moody Construction, Inc., McAfee3 Architects, Inc.; and J. W. Robinson & Associates, Inc.
About NOMA Atlanta:
Through strong chapters of design professionals all over the country with an interest in promoting urban communities, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) responds to the concerns that affect marginalized communities and people by increasing the level of participation in the social, political and economic benefits afforded the citizens of this nation and to tear down the barriers that make full participation unattainable.
The Atlanta Chapter of NOMA is currently one of the largest chapters in the nation, with professional, associate and corporate members. Our members represent all areas of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. NOMA Atlanta’s mission seeks to champion diversity within the Atlanta design professions while advocating for greater professional opportunities for its current and future members by promoting design excellence, racial diversity, community engagement and professional development. This mission is accomplished by networking, linking, advocating, promoting, partnering, sponsoring, mentoring and supporting diversity in metro Atlanta.
About StoryCorps and Interviews:
StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends
through StoryCorps. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our broadcasts at storycorps.org and on
NPRʼs Morning Edition. StoryCorps interviews are 40 minutes long. Copies of the interviews will be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. For African-Americans, stories will
be additionally preserved in the Smithsonian Museum of African-American Culture set to open in 2015.