Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 on the topic of “Building a True National Identity”.

His lecture kicks off CAP’s spring lecture lineup that focuses on social justice issues. We are pleased to co-sponsor this lecture with Indiana Landmarks.

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is the largest preservation campaign ever undertaken on behalf of African American history. Through it, Leggs leads a broad community of leaders and activists in honor of the clarion that preserving African American cultural sites is fundamental to understanding the American story.

Leggs is an associate professor and senior advisor to the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania and a 2011 Harvard University Loeb Fellow. He received the Robert G. Stanton National Preservation Award in 2018. He worked extensively with the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Alabama and to preserve the Madam C.J. Walker Villa Lewaro in New York.

Learning objectives are:

  • Understand the role of historic preservation as a tool for activism and equity
  • Understand how preservation practitioners work to preserve Black cultural heritage
  • Examining the power of overlooked stories to help expand the American story.


Continuing education credit is available for AIA members; please email your number to  so we can give you credit.

Registering for the Lecture:

Register today for your invitation to this lecture.

On Monday, please join a few minutes early.

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