As outlined by the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, "Philadelphia boasts some of the earliest African American entrepreneurs and some of the first established religious institutions. The first known revolts against slavery took place in this city and the earliest legal educational institutions for African American youth existed here."
In this feature we will provide you with some excellent Philadelphia African American resources for anyone who wishes to explore the long and proud culture and history of the Philadelphia African American community.
Philadelphia African American ResourcesAfrican-American Chamber of Commerce
The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is the leading advocate for black-owned businesses in the Delaware Valley. The Chamber represents the interests of such businesses in public and private sector forums and offers management and technical assistance resources to improve the effectiveness of black-owned businesses in the region. African American Museum in Philadelphia
Located in the City's historic district, one block from Independence National Historic Park, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) was founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial. AAMP is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative.
Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC)
MAC maintains a calendar of multicultural events in the Greater Philadelphia area.
The voice of Philadelphia's African American Community since 1884 has an excellent website with many informative articles and news of happenings in the African American community both locally and nationally.
Sojourner [link url=http://www.temple.edu/caarpp/]Temple University Center for African American Research and Public Policy
When you are in Philadelphia pick up a copy of this free quarterly publication printed by The Philadelphia Tribune.
The Center for African American Research and Public Policy (CAARPP) is dedicated to the development, defense, and empowerment of the African American community in Philadelphia. CAARPP focuses on four particular areas: Education, Economic Development, Health and Family & Crime and Justice. Task forces have been formed for each of these areas to facilitate the development of relevant and well-defined research that will be used to better understand current issues facing African American communities.
[link url=http://www.temple.edu/caarpp/]Temple University Center for African American Research and Public Policy