- This event occured on
Thursday, August 29, 2018
Brent Leggs is the Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund – a $25,000,000 fundraising and preservation campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to protect and preserve the story of African American activism, achievement, architecture, and beyond – and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. A Harvard University Loeb Fellow, he is the author of Preserving African American Historic Places, which is considered the “seminal publication on preserving African American historic sites” by the Smithsonian Institution. Leggs has led campaigns to create the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Alabama, which President Barack Obama designated in January 2017. Other campaigns include the perpetual protection of icons like Villa Lewaro, the estate of Madam C. J. Walker in Irvington, New York; Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey; A. G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham; and more.