A documentary film chronicling the life story of Robert P. Madison, preeminent architect, orator & patron of arts and humanities. This is a story about a man who has been instrumental in building Cleveland's new waterfront yet at one time was denied an opportunity to even apply to one of the city's schools of architecture.
Robert Madison's mother told him at a young age that he was going to grow up to be an architect but in the 1940s the world wasn't sure if it was ready. Mr. Madison made up their minds for them, breaking down racial barriers that had long limited African-American professional, intellectual and financial growth. His accomplishments in the architectural realm are significant but the scope of that part of his life is not a true measure of this man from America's greatest generation. As a World War II veteran, advocate, mentor and full subscriber to the American idea, Robert Madison is a true living American hero with the type of life story that is rarely told but is extremely relevant to the discourse on race and opportunity in America today.