About The Podcast

The Ivan Allen College serves as steward of the legacy of Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. We recognize Mayor Allen as an astute business leader, serving as was the tradition of his family, as leader of the Metro Chamber of Atlanta, and, of course, serving two terms as Mayor of Atlanta during a tumultuous period of social and political unrest on the national scene, from 1962-1970. The Allen Era of leadership, however, was marked by relative calm, cooperation between the races, progress on civil rights, economic development on several fronts, and a vision of Atlanta as an international city.

In the spirit of Mayor Allen’s abiding love for Atlanta, we offer the podcast “Building Memories” as a venue for telling stories about iconic places of Atlanta and the people who have occupied them. With the ever-changing cityscape of Atlanta, our commitment is to document the people and places whose stories should not be lost from public memory amidst Atlanta’s continual drive for redevelopment. The mission of “Building Memories” is to preserve and share community stories from Atlanta’s past in order to remember a more diversely rendered citizenry, those–famous and not so famous–who, like Ivan Allen, Jr., helped lay the foundation for what Atlanta is today.

The podcast will be organized around thematic threads of around 4-8 episodes. We expect to change threads roughly each year. The inaugural thread, expected to begin in fall 2016, will explore several of Atlanta’s African American historic spaces, possibly including:

  • Herndon Home
  • Herren’s Restaurant and The Balzer Theater
  • Auburn Avenue Research Library
  • Atlanta Daily World
  • Friendship Baptist Church
  • Fountain Hall – Morris Brown College
  • Carrie Steele-Pitts Home
  • Phyllis Wheatley YWCA
  • Booker T Washington High
  • McClendon Hospital
  • Southview Cemetery
  • The Royal Peacock
  • Paschal’s Restaurant
  • Prince Hall