The 1996 Gary M. Pomerantz book, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family, provides one of the most fascinating snapshots of Atlanta history that I’ve ever encountered. I recently read this book for the first time, and I learned so much about my hometown that I never knew. In reading Pomerantz’ words the names on the streets and buildings around the city come alive and more importantly, I got a really amazing education on “how Atlanta became Atlanta” through the lives of Mayors Ivan Allen, Jr. and Maynard Jackson and their respective families.
Thus, in consideration of that book, I’m excited to host and produce the Atlanta Legacy Makers podcast in conjunction with the Atlanta Legacy Makers initiative, a partnership between Central Atlanta Progress and the City of Atlanta.
This podcast project will act as a companion to the recently launched city-wide reading of Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, with episodes that correspond to the seven major parts of the book and feature a range of Atlanta voices that add some current perspective to the text. I’m aware that a few of you might be already familiar with this story, thus one of my particular points of emphasis is to connect the legacy of these mayors to current voices who will be leading this city for years to come.
Visit https://www.atllegacymakers.com/podcast to learn more about the podcast and to download/subscribe; it’s currently available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher.