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Celebrating Diversity

for Thirty (30) Years *starting September 12, 2020

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

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

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" built in 1865 has been the Headquarters of the African American Heritage Society since 2000. Prior to our location here, we were located from 1990 -2000 at the Pensacola Cultural Center, also in the Historical District. 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.



AUGUST 2020 PROGRAMS PRESENTED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

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

The African American Heritage Society is pleased to present this lecture via Zoom, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, 6:00 PM.

Our guest speakers 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 Thursday August 13, 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 under our "Chronological History and Record of Events", PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER or MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION today by Clicking on the Membership tab above.  **WE ARE A UNITED WAY OF WEST FLORIDA CERTIFIED AGENCY.  Your support is critical as we are a Non-Profit organization that relies upon charitable contributions, memberships, and sponsors. As the ONLY African American History, Heritage, Cultural Museum, and Organization in the entire Gulf Coast Region, we recognize that all citizens who are interested in African American History, Heritage and Culture, are not able to travel to Washington DC to visit the National Museum of African American History.

Therefore, we serve a vital role  in providing exhibits, information, and education through the humanities, to Pensacola and the surrounding Gulf Coast Region.  Prior to Covid-19, we received visitors to our Gallery from literally all around the world, as well as nearly every state in America. Our contribution to Cultural Tourism has been significant and we look forward to continuing to provide a place for local citizens and tourists to learn more, virtually for now, and at our facility again in the future. Remember to click on the Membership link to Join or Donate.

**What does 'WE ARE A UNITED WAY OF WEST FLORIDA CERTIFIED AGENCY mean?'  It means that we passed the rigorous United Way Certification Process and were found to be a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization in good standing and approved by the United Way as a Certified Agency. However, we do not receive any funding from the United Way.  Therefore, if you would like to see more of our programming, please join with a membership or donate TODAY.

Thank you, African American Heritage Society Board and Staff






IN MEMORIAM


PERCY GOODMAN, M.D.

July 19, 1940 – July 10, 2020

     It is with heavy hearts that we, the African American Heritage Society, Founders, Board, and Staff announce the passing of our Co-Founder, Friend, Colleague, and in many cases, our Physician, Dr. Percy Goodman.

       Dr. Goodman was the quintessential immortal soul of his time, destined to do good on earth, to and for all, and never seeking the limelight, nor acknowledgment for his many good deeds, generous philanthropy, and excellent professional service.       

     We offer our Deepest Sympathy to his devoted wife, Antoinette Goodman, his son and daughter in law, grandchildren and extended family.                                                                  

We remember Dr. Goodman with this final thought:

Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.

Farewell Percy and Thank You for Modeling a Life Well Lived.


Board of Directors:

             Cheryl Howard, J.D., Co-Founder                             Lornetta T. Epps, M.D., Co-Founder

                                                              Gael Frazer, J.D.                                   Angela McCorvey, Ph.D.

                                                              Fred Gant, J.D.                                           Rev. Michael Johnson, Ph.D.

                                                              Brunie Emmanuel                                   Marion Williams, Ph.D. 

                                                              Keya Wiggins, Ph.D.                                   Leon Stubbs

                                                              Chris Hendricks                                   Bill Caplinger

                                                         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


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.


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: society@aahspensacola.org.  

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.

200 Church Street

Pensacola, FL 32502

 (850) 469 -1456 


Email address:    aahspensacola@africanamericanheritagesociety.org

Hours

Monday:        Closed

Tuesday:        10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday:      10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday:           10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday:       10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday:          Closed