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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect

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Green
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Barbecue
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Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1932
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect

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Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Barbecue
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None
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None
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Birthplace

Born:
12/25/1932
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Considered the most important African American architect in the United States, Charles McAfee of Wichita, Kansas, has used architecture to create opportunities for African Americans and make social commentary about racial inequality. Born in Los Angeles to Arthur and Willie Anna McAfee on Christmas Day, 1932, McAfee received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska. Beginning his career in the early 1960s, McAfee has developed and sustained Charles F. McAfee Architects and Planners, with offices in Wichita, Atlanta, Dallas and Oklahoma City.

The diversity and breadth of McAfee's career distinguishes him in his field. Throughout his career, he has been affiliated with countless architectural and urban planning projects, many receiving national recognition. McAfee's projects range from institutional facilities (renovation of Oklahoma City School District 89) to transportation structures (Atlanta's North Line Midtown Station), religious structures (Wichita's Calvary Baptist Church) to recreational facilities (McAdams Park), in addition to housing and commercial facilities. The significance of a regional structure, like Kansas's first national black historical society, is as striking as McAfee's national projects. His firm's projects have included the design and construction of FAA/NADIN computer facilities as well as design consultation and construction management of facilities for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

In recognition of his distinguished career, McAfee has been the recipient of countless awards and distinctions, including the American Institute of Architects Kansas Chapter Excellence in Architecture Award and the Federal Housing Administration's First Honor Award. He serves on numerous professional and civic boards of directors, including the Catholic Social Services and the National Business League. Mr. McAfee has also served as the president of the National Organization of Minority Architects and Midwestern president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. McAfee maintains his commitment by providing mentorship to minority architects and planners, including his daughters Cheryl McAfee-Mitchell and Charyl McAfee-Duncan who run the family offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Oklahoma City. Mr. McAfee is married to Mrs. Gloria Winston McAfee, a dedicated educator and community leader.

Charles McAfee was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 27, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles McAfee talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles McAfee talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles McAfee talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles McAfee talks about his two siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles McAfee describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles McAfee describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles McAfee talks about influential teachers from his grade school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles McAfee describes his experience at East High School in Wichita, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles McAfee talks about racial discrimination in Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Charles McAfee talks about playing basketball for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Charles McAfee describes his decision to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles McAfee talks about why his parents sent him to the University of Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles McAfee shares his experience of racial discrimination in college basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles McAfee remembers meeting Jackie Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles McAfee describes his parents' reaction to him playing basketball at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles McAfee talks about racial discrimination in his architecture class, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles McAfee talks about racial discrimination in his architecture class, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles McAfee details the early years of his career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles McAfee talks about winning a National Design Award and meeting I.M. Pei
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles McAfee talks about his architectural excellence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles McAfee talks about his daughter's decision to become an architect
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles McAfee talks about his daughters, Cheryl and Charyl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles McAfee talks about his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles McAfee talks about the tension he experienced between his professional success and pervasive racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles McAfee talks about recruiting Bill Cosby for a fundraiser
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles McAfee talks about the discrepancy between black voter participation and the number of contracts awarded to black businesses like his
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles McAfee talks about prominent African Americans who left Wichita, Kansas due to the lack of opportunity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles McAfee talks about the impact of a hate crime on his home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles McAfee talks about become an organ donor for his wife, Gloria McAfee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles McAfee talks about the publicity surrounding his wife's kidney transplant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles McAfee talks about an honorary roast thrown by the NAACP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles McAfee talks about HistoryMaker Gordon Parks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles McAfee talks about Mies van der Rohe and Paul Williams
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles McAfee talks about his friendship with Paul Williams
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles McAfee talks about his own home, which he designed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles McAfee talks about creating homes for people including Andrew Young and the joy of creating a design that clients like
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles McAfee describes the building materials he works with
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles McAfee talks about his design projects and working with the History Makers Anderson and Abner Jackson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles McAfee describes memorable projects including the McKnight Art Center, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Station, and the rail station in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles McAfee talks about mentoring young architects, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles McAfee talks about mentoring young architects, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles McAfee talks about famous African Americans who have experienced racial discrimination in Kansas including Jesse Owens, Barry Sanders, and HistoryMaker Gordon Parks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles McAfee describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charles McAfee talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles McAfee describes his tight-knit family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles McAfee talks about Thornton Clark, an inspiring architect
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles McAfee reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles McAfee talks about how he hopes to address housing inequality with the modular system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles McAfee narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles McAfee narrates his photographs, pt.2