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Celebrating Diversity for Thirty (30) Years.

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was founded September 12,1990 as a 501(c) 3 organization and has operated continuously with vision and purpose for thirty (30) years. 

Our mission is to preserve, promote, educate and integrate African American history, heritage, culture, diversity, and Social Justice in Pensacola and the Greater Gulf Coast Region through education and the humanities, and to continue to lead the area in supporting and promoting Cultural Tourism in Northwest Florida.

Through quality programming, the African American Heritage Society ("the Society") has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, cultural festivals, as well as educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African American unique and creative influences and contributions to American life. 

Please click the link above entitled 'chronological history & record of events' for a listing of the many transformative presentations that we have presented in Pensacola and the surrounding Greater Gulf Coast Region.



The Historic "Coulson House" was built in 1865 and has been the Headquarters of the African American Heritage Society for twenty (20) years. Prior to our location here, we were at the Pensacola Cultural Center, also in the Historical District, from 1990 to 2000. The above photo is of the entrance to the Gallery.


Non Discrimination Statement:

The African American Heritage Society, Inc. was also founded upon the principles of diversity and inclusion. The Society does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, nor disability. Employment opportunities, membership, attendance and access to our center, gallery, programs, and events are open to ALL, and we invite you to join us.


LEARN: 

1)  What does "Jim Crow" mean and how was it used in Florida. The video, "Jim Crow in Florida" is provided by the Florida Humanities Council and provides educational information as to the meaning of "Jim Crow", how it evolved, its' purposes and more. (Watch below).

2)  The National Archives has provided original footage of the original March on Washington in 1963. (Watch below).





IN MEMORY OF

Rev. Dr. Michael Johnson, Sr. 

April 28, 1963 – August 8, 2020


     

We Are Saddened to Say Goodbye to Fellow African American Heritage Society Board Member, Supporter and Friend

Rev. Dr. Michael Johnson, Sr.

     Finding the words to convey how special our beloved Dr. Johnson was to the Society has been an almost impossible task. The only adjective which adequately describes him is EXCELLENT. Dr. Johnson strove for excellence in all things and encouraged excellence in others. He was a preeminent scholar who earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees within a ten-year period.

     Dr. Johnson was a dear friend to many of us on the Board and as reliable in his word and commitments as the rising and setting of the sun. Before he was a Board Member, he was a supporter and friend of the African American Heritage Society, and the name of his church, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, has been etched in gold on our walls for twenty years, as he was among the first contributors to support the renovation of our building. 

    While he loved all persons, he was intent on his mission for Social Justice on behalf of African Americans and other disenfranchised populations, and therefore his values and ours were aligned.  So we say "Farewell, Rev. Dr. Johnson." Although you are no longer among us physically, we know that you will remain with us in Spirit, urging us toward Excellence, and in your honor we will strive to answer the call.

May God bless Dr. Johnson, and may he rest in eternal peace with the knowledge that his was a  life well lived and a job

Excellently Done!


Board of Directors:

                              

Cheryl Howard, J.D., Co-Founder 

Lornetta T. Epps, M.D., Co-Founder

Angela McCorvey, Ph.D.

Gael Frazer, J.D.

Rev. Michael Johnson, Ph.D

Fred Gant, J.D.

Brunie Emmanuel         

Marion Williams, Ph.D. 

Keya Wiggins, Ph.D. 

Leon Stubbs

Bill Caplinger

Chris Hendricks    

Richard Cohen, J.D. 

Doris Munoz

FOUNDING CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP:

Laurel Boyd, Ph.D.           Saundra Daggs

Jim Boyd, M.D.            Leon Daggs

     Dr. and Mrs. Lamont Canada

             The Late Judge and Mrs. Howard Bennett


LECTURE: PART 2 - Coming Soon!

Registration will open in October. 

PROGRAMS PRESENTED BY THE

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

The History and Legacy of Racism in America and Its Intersection with Christianity, Part 2

The African American Heritage Society is pleased to present Part 2 of this lecture via Zoom, Coming Soon.   An additional lecture in this Speakers Series has been scheduled based upon the significant feedback and requests of those who attended Part 1, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, 6:00 PM.

Our guest speakers again are Daniel and Taheesha Quarells, founders of the Freedmen’s University, an organization focused on making Black History relevant to generations.

Daniel is an author and the host of Freedmen’s University Podcast. An analyst by trade for the past twenty (20) years, he has extended his skillset to researching, writing, and speaking on the intersectionality of African American history, theology, and apologetics to address modern social problems.

Taheesha is a U.S. Army veteran and has dedicated the last fifteen (15) years of her career to expanding educational and career opportunities for minorities and military members. As a researcher and accomplished speaker, she focuses on developing solutions to help African Americans overcome educational and workforce inequities.

You are invited to participate in this program Via Zoom by registering for the program here on our website under the EVENTS tab, no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Attendees are invited to remain after the program for a Question and Answer period with the Presenters, and an opportunity for comments after the program.

Note: The following resource books are recommended by the authors for reading before OR after the presentation.

1. Christianity and Race Prejudice, by Rev. Francis J. Grimke (1910)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1454664347/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_A4v6EbP1BKGWK

or read online:  https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=yale.39002007025589 

2. Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, by Beverly Daniel Tatum




TO REGISTER FOR EITHER OF THESE TWO (2) FREE PROGRAMS - CLICK ON THE EVENTS TAB ABOVE

ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL US AT:  Society@aahspensacola.org 

PLEASE DO NOT CALL AS OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

SUMMER HERITAGE SCHOLARS PROGRAM for AGES 11-18



Both programs funded in part by:

                                         



 

                                      Logo - Division of Cultural Affairs - Florida Department of State


One Moment Please!

If you would like to see more programming like this, and those events that are listed above under our Chronological History and Record of Events, please click on membership to join us, or donate to make a contribution. WE ARE A UNITED WAY OF WEST FLORIDA CERTIFIED AGENCY.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.

CHARITY ID 59-3022641. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.



CURRENT EXHIBIT

NOW ON DISPLAY

The African Presence in the Americas from the year 1492  

This Gallery Exhibit was acquired from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture which is located at and generously supported by The New York Public Library.

This exhibit was paid for in part with an Arts Program grant provided by the Pensacola Chapter of The Links, Inc.



BELOW:  Slideshow of attendees at some of our Programs:

Pensacola's Social Justice Movement at Graffiti Bridge (Below)

PLEASE NOTE OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Dear Friends of the African American Heritage Society and Museum,

In the interest of safety for our visitors and staff, and in accordance with guidance from local, state, federal officials, and our neighboring UWF Historic Trust Museums, we will be closed to the public effective Sunday, March 15, 2020 until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our websiteStaff will be working remotely until further notice. If you need any assistance please email: aahspensacola@gmail.com

We thank you for your understanding as we work together to serve our community during this challenging time.

Wishing you good health,

Staff and Board of Directors

African American Heritage Society, Inc.

Historic District

The Coulson House

200 Church Street | Pensacola, Florida 32502

Email: aahspensacola@gmail.com



Announcement:

Museum hours currently suspended due to Covid-19.

Please join our Virtual Programs.