Allen Durough. A former Baptist preacher, retired insurance agent, and piano tuner stumbles upon the works of a forgotten African American architect. His discovery takes him on a challenging mission to uncover and preserve the architect’s legacy. Is his two decade pursuit divinely inspired? Will he eventually donate the artifacts?
LUVADA A. HARRISON (Narrator) Harrison enjoys a varied and distinguished academic and performing career. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Manhattan Philharmonic and her Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall with the New York Choral Society as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Harrison has performed with regional opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. As an Arts Educator, she worked for the Education Department of the New York City Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the “Meet the Artist” series at Lincoln Center.
Glenn Askew. A member of the Georgia State University Department of History since 1993. Eskew teaches courses in southern history. His recent biography Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013), received the Malcolm Bell, Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Research, and was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association. His book But For Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997), received the Francis Butler Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical Association and Longwood College.
KARI FREDERICKSON is an associate professor in the department of history at the University of Alabama. She is author of The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968 and co editor of Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida.
Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University, Department Head, Assistant Professor, Robert Taylor School of Architecture. Areas: Project based learning and community engagement, Social impact assessment of university expansion on neighboring communities, Preservation of African-American cultural sites; Impact of Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee Architects upon American history; Rosenwald Schools and rural education in the American Black Belt; Sustainable design strategies for economically insufficient communities.
Roman Gary, Vice President. Gary is a LEED accredited architect with a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. He is active with the Rotary Club of Birmingham, the Leadership Birmingham Members Council, and with the American Institute of Architects on both The Green Building Committee and The Government Affairs Committee.
Wilson Fallin is a professor of History in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Montevallo. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College, his M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, his M.A. from the University of Montevallo, and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Dr. Fallin teaches courses on African-American, African, Southern, and United States history. He is also the author of many articles and chapters.
Ted Debro. 16h Street Baptist Church, Chair of Church Trustees
Victor Blackledge. Architect and Historic Preservationist, former Deputy Director Planning and Permits for the City of Birmingham.