50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom


50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom

Celebration Overview


Imagine if there wasn’t an Ebenezer Baptist Church, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Dome, Atlanta History
Center and New World of Coke Museum. Many of Atlanta’s iconic buildings have been designed, engineered
and constructed by minority trailblazers who overcame extreme challenges in the era of civil rights to
accomplish amazing things.

In honor of 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, the Atlanta Chapter of the
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) is pleased to announce a series of events 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 industries.

The celebration will focus on the progress made in diversity and collaboration over the past 50 years
as we acknowledge the past, succeed in the present, and aspire to the future. The events will honor the significance
of The March and achievements of some of the trailblazers in American and Atlanta history through a number of activities,
presentations and panel discussions.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, NOMA Atlanta presents the following events:

• August 28, 2013; Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel, 6pm – 9pm –

The first event will be on the actual day of the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago. The program will
feature tributes to four trailblazers – J.W. Robinson FAIA, Charles McAfee FAIA, Herman J. Russell and Charles Johnson Sr. PE.
These individuals were instrumental in shaping not only Atlanta and national cityscapes but inspired a
generation of professionals after them.

These tributes will be personal retrospectives delivered by their
children. We believe that the children have a unique perspective on what it was like to grow up under
these trailblazers and the impact it had on their lives; as well as the lives of others in the community. The
presenters will also give their impressions on how they believe The March affected their family, and how
their parents’ path and accomplishments have all culminated into their present day experiences.

Presenters of the program will be Cheryl L. McAfee, FAIA, Chuck Johnson II, Michael Russell and Jeffrey
L. Robinson, AIA, NOMA. There will also be a reception for networking amongst attendees and guest


• October 16, 2013;

The second event will offer a candid “rap session” with the trailblazers themselves
to get their thoughts on the current state of the design and building industry; what progress we have
made with diversity and collaboration; and recommendations for the future. The round table discussion will
be expertly moderated with carefully selected questions and engaging audience interaction.


• August 28 to October 31, 2013;

Architecture Diversity Project– The Architecture Diversity Project will
explore people’s thoughts on how far we have progressed in the profession of architecture in relation to
diversity and equity in key areas such as career progression, education, licensure, firm ownership and
private practice of architecture distilled down to just six words.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, NOMA Atlanta felt it would
be a unique opportunity to explore the complex issues of diversity in the profession and encourage a
productive dialogue.


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