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African American Organizations

Pittsburgh Region

  • African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania
    provides access and business opportunities for African American business owners and professionals throughout the region.
  • Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Pittsburgh Chapter
    AAHGS is designed to encourage the research, documentation and preservation of African American families. Beginning genealogy classes are offered as well tips on how to overcome "brick walls" in your research. Monthly meetings and annual conferences are open to the public.
  • Afro-American Music Institute
    Located in Homewood, the Afro-American Music Institute (AAMI) provides systematic, specialized instrumental and vocal training in all styles of the African-American music tradition (i.e. Gospel, Negro Spirituals, Jazz, etc.). In addition, the Institute provides a forum both in performing and recording opportunities for otherwise undiscovered talent in the Greater Pittsburgh community.
  • August Wilson Center for African American Culture
    The August Wilson Center for African American Culture (formerly known as the African American Cultural Center of Greater Pittsburgh) is a not-for-profit organization that presents performing, visual and education programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans within the region and the impact of cultural expression from Africa to the African Diaspora.
  • Christian Life Skills Inc.
    provides training, resources, programs, and activities which assist churches, church-based groups, community groups, and parents in instilling Christian Life Skills, values, and behaviors in children, youth, and families, particularly African Americans, through a networking process.
  • CAUSE: Center for AfricanAmerican Urban Studies and the Economy
    Established in 1995 at Carnegie Mellon University, CAUSE aims to link the historian's interest in race, work, and economic change over time with contemporary analyses of the urban labor force, employment policies, and community development. Check their Events for speakers and presentations.
  • Hill House
    A multi-purpose social services agency that has been providing services to residents of the Hill District and the Pittsburgh area for more than 30 years.
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pittsburgh Chapter
    The Pittsburgh Chapter was organized in 1944 as the fourth chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc..
  • Kente Arts Alliance
    Kente Arts Alliance is an African American arts organization whose mission is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora.
  • The Kingsley Association
    The Kingsley Association works diligently to provide comprehensive, culturally relevant, educational, recreational, and social programming that positively impacts the lives of youth, their families and the East End communities of East Liberty, Garfield, Point Breeze, Homewood, Lincoln, Larimer, Lemington, Belmar, East Hills, Wilkinsburg, and beyond.
  • Manchester Bidwell Corporation (Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
    a multi-cultural arts education and presenting organization that has been providing cultural activities to residents of Western Pennsylvania for the past twenty-nine years.
  • NEED Negro Emergency Education Drive
    providing "last dollar" financial assistance and educational counseling to high school seniors with limited means seeking higher education.
  • Nego Gato
    A dance troupe performing Capoeira, a mixture of dance and martial arts that originated among Brazilian slaves.
  • PACE: The Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise
    The mission of the Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise is to identify and respond to the needs in the African American and disadvantaged communities, particularly in southwestern Pennsylvania, through direct funding of nonprofit agencies, service programming and technical assistance.
  • Pittsburgh Black Media Federation
    The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation - an organization of journalists, communications specialists and students - supports Black journalists and the Black community, hosts programs that recognize excellent media coverage of minority communities and trains young people to enter the media industry
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
    The Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, founded by Nathan Davis and directed by Sean Jones, is the resident orchestra of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
  • Steel On Ice, Inc
    The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Brotherhood of Skiers that offers activities in golf, travel and cycling as well.
  • UMOJA African Arts Company
    UMOJA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of African culture through the public performance of authentic traditional and neo-traditional music, dancing, and storytelling, and through demonstrations and educational lectures and workshops in African heritage, culture, and arts.
  • Urban League of Pittsburgh
    A leading provider of programs and services and advocate of public policy initiatives that promote improved quality of life for African Americans and thereby the whole community. Their programs and services include Early Childhood Services, Education, Employment, Training and Economic Empowerment, Housing, and Youth Development.
  • Urban League Young Professionals of Pittsburgh (ULYP-Pittsburgh)
    The Urban League Young Professionals of Pittsburgh (ULYP-Pittsburgh), an auxiliary of the Urban League of Pittsburgh, is composed of professionals who live, work and serve in the greater Pittsburgh region between the ages of twenty-one (21) and thirty-nine (39).
  • Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association, Inc. (YMWAHA)
    YMWAHA is a community based, not-for-profit agency whose mission is to provide the best quality services possible for children and families with particular focus on the needs of children of African heritage and their families in the areas of social services, sports and recreation, arts, education, economic development, and spirituality.
 

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus
    The purpose of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, founded in 1973, is to serve as an information and advocacy vehicle to advance the interests of African-American, Latino, and other minority citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 

United States

  • Blacks in Government
    A national organization of Black civil service employees.
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
    The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that aims to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities.
  • Jack and Jill of America
    This is the oldest African-American family organization for mothers of children between the ages of two and nineteen that seeks to provide children with a constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational, and social program and to aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study. There is a chapter in Pittsburgh.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
    An African American fraternity whose fundamental purpose is achievement.
  • Links Incorporated
    Links Incorporated is an organization of over 10,000 professional women of color in 270 chapters, who are active in their communities as role models, mentors, activists and volunteers.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    Founded in 1909 as the National Negro Committee, the NAACP has been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights for African Americans.
  • National Black Graduate Student Association
    The National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. (NBGSA) is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to improving the status of African Americans in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns.
  • National Black United Fund
    NBUF raises funds for and provides technical assistance to Black organizations that provide a wide variety of services to Black Americans in the areas of children, health, education, equal opportunity, economic development, the environment, and social justice.
  • National Council of Negro Women
    Founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935, its mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.
  • National Society of Black Engineers
    Its goal is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
  • National Urban League
    The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.