African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Raises $10 Million
The National Trust for Historic Preservation -- co-chaired by Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker and actress Phylicia Rashad -- announced that one year after the launch of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the organization has raised more than $10M dollars for the $25M initiative. The Action Fund aims to uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community, crafting a narrative that helps to reconstruct Black national identity while inspiring a new generation of activists to advocate for diverse historic places. In this inaugural year, the Action Fund was able to award 16 grants, totaling more than $1M, to preservation organizations across the country, with funding going to support the preservation of sites and stories of Black history. The grants, presented in July at Essence Festival, covered work in communities from Birmingham to the South Side of Chicago. The Action Fund has also supported four new National Treasure designations, including the childhood home of singer Nina Simone, and Memphis-based Clayborn Temple, famed for its role in the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968. In the coming year, the National Trust will conduct research exploring the impact that preservation has on contemporary urban issues that disproportionately affect communities of color, as well as support HBCUs, ensuring that their histories and legacies are preserved. More here.