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As a 501(c) 3 organization our mission is to preserve, promote and integrate African American history, heritage, culture and diversity in the greater Northwest Florida region and to promote cultural tourism. The African American Heritage Society Inc. was founded September 12, 1990.

Through quality programming, the African American Heritage Society has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, films and educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African Americans' unique and creative contributions to American life. 

The Sankofa bird is part of our logo because it reminds us that we must continue to move forward as we remember our past. 

Through quality programming, the African American Heritage Society has offered retrospective exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, performing arts programs, films and educational lectures, all highlighting a broad spectrum of the African Americans' unique and creative contributions to American life. 

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Highlights from the Reader's Ensemble Event of March 23, 2019

Pictured above from left to right are Honoree Orastine Wills, African American Heritage Society Executive Director Cheryl Howard, and Honoree Mamie Hixon. 

The Reader's Ensemble Program was a terrific success again this year. The Voices of Pensacola venue was resplendent with the addition of our many guests and Reader Performers. Prior to the event, a lovely and delicious cocktail reception was enjoyed by all,  prepared by Five Sisters Blues Cafe Restaurant located in the Belmont Deviller's area.  

Our program included self written poetry and short stories, read by the authors, ranging from twenty-one years of age to octogenarians. The readers were engaging as many of the writings were somber, while others were lighthearted and bright, and all were indisputably fantastic. All the readings with the exception of the tribute to the Harlem Renaissance Period, were taken from one of the six (6) publications of the Society, "When Black Folks Was Colored". The title was given by local college professor and resident Grammarian Mamie Hixon, recognizing the incorrect verb form of "was" versus "were" as a reminder of the Jim Crow era when African Americans were referred to as "Colored".

Autographed copies of all six books are available for purchase at the Society ranging in price from $10 to $15. Please call or email the society at the contact information listed below if you wish to make a purchase. The autographed copies are treasured limited editions and are selling fast, so do not delay. They are each signed by both Ora Wills and Mamie Hixon, both of whom began editing our books in 1994 and continue to do so, when requested.

Thank you to the members of our Board of Directors, Dr Lornetta Epps, Dr. Angela McCorvey, Dr. Gael Frazer, Attorney Fred Gant, Dr. Marion Williams, Dr. Keya Wiggins, Mrs. Doris Munoz, Mr. Leon Stubbs, and Board Members who also worked as Technical Support, Mr. Christopher Hendricks and Mr. Brunie Emmanuel along with Friends of the Society Mr. Bill Caplinger and Mr. Erik Peterson

March 23, 2019 Program

An Evening With the Reader's Ensemble

The African American Heritage Society and the Delta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will present “An Evening with The Readers Ensemble”, on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center, located at 117 East Government Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502.

This program will feature readings from “When Black Folks Was Colored” and a special tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. This is an extra special occasion because we will also pay tribute to Pensacola literary legend, Ms. Ora Wills and the phenomenal Grammarian Ms. Mamie Hixon, who were both editors of African American Heritage Society publications, “When Black Folks Was Colored” and “Images in Black”. Ms. Hixon and Ms. Wills began editing our books in1994 and have continued to do so.

There will be a reception at 4:00 p.m. followed by the program at 5:00 pm. A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated to support this and other African American Heritage Society programs.


Brunch and Learn: The Green Book

Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:00 p.m. 

Discussion and Panel:

What is the Green Book? How was it used? Why was it used? And more!

Executive Director of the African American Heritage Society, Cheryl Howard will give an historical overview of the Green Book. 

A panel of Pensacolians who traveled throughout the U.S. using the Green Book will share their experiences and discuss the Green Book places in Pensacola and around the country where they stayed during the 1930's through the 1960's. Some of the personal recollections and experiences exceed what is noted in the Green Book.

Copies of Green Books from various years will be available.


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