This podcast is a companion to the city-wide reading of the 1996 Gary Pomerantz book, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family, which chronicles the lives of these mayors and their families in Atlanta. In the upcoming episodes we’ll be reading along with the book and thinking through some big-picture questions that help us better understand Mayors Ivan Allen, Jr. and Maynard Jackson and Atlanta as we know it today.

Podcasts are supported in part by a grant from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Part 1: Old South

Featuring interviews with Gary M. Pomerantz, Author and Lecturer at Stanford University in the Graduate Program in Journalism, Marcy Breffle, Education Manager, Historic Oakland Foundation, and Gordon L. Jones, Ph.D., Senior Military Historian and Curator, Atlanta History Center

Part 2: The Patriarchs Arrive

Floyd Hall chats with Alex Acosta, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soul Food Cypher, to discuss the power of words and the legacy of speech to influence Atlanta culture, from Henry Grady to Hip-Hop. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory on writing Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

Part 3: New South Capital

Floyd Hall chats with actor/artist Danielle Deadwyler about the concept of Atlanta as a New South Capital and how that notion is reflected in how the city evolves over time. Marcy Breffle of Historic Oakland Foundation sheds some light on how Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind are remembered and interpreted for new audiences at Oakland Cemetery. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory on writing Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

Part 4: Segregated City

Floyd Hall chats with Edith Kelman about Atlanta as a segregated city and how the city responded to matters of race and community. Additionally, Alexis Scott discusses the origins of the Atlanta Daily World newspaper, life in segregated Atlanta, and the importance of Auburn Avenue in the era just before the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory on writing Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

Part 5: Civil Rights

Floyd Hall chats with Doug Shipman about the backstory of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta in the 1960s, and how the mix of local government and the business community combined to create moments of change. Additionally, Dr. Todd Michney of Georgia Tech discusses the Ivan Allen Jr. Digital Archive and how the public can connect to its materials. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory on writing Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

Part 6: Black City Government

Floyd chats with Dr. Calinda Lee of the Atlanta History Center about the rise of Black City Government in Atlanta in the 1970s, the symbolism and reality of Maynard Jackson’s mayoral terms, and how that era affects contemporary Atlanta. Later, Tiffany Atwater Lee of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library discusses how the public can access the Maynard Jackson mayoral administration records. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory/recitation of Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

Part 7: Olympic City

Floyd Hall chats with Artist/Engineer Raianna Brown and Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi about the impact of the 1996 Olympics on Atlanta and how we remember that important moment in the current era. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory/recitation of Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

Part 8: Epilogue

Floyd Hall chats with Beau Allen about his late grandfather, Ivan Allen Jr, and chats with Valerie Jackson about her late husband, Maynard Jackson. Both Allen and Jackson discuss favorite stories, connections to Atlanta, and the responsibility/impact of their respective family legacies. Plus, author Gary M. Pomerantz shares some backstory on writing Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.