Living in the fullness of who we are!
Our Mission: To enhance cultural awareness of the African American community through leadership development, with a special focus on self-esteem, academic success, college preparation, and job readiness for youth.
Our Vision: Is to enhance the well-being of the African American communities within Ottawa County by assisting African American youth and families to achieve their highest potential.
Our Purpose: Is to network and build capacity amongst local corporations, organizations, and individuals while empowering African American youth with the skills set needed.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is celebrated as the date when enslavement ended in America. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order #3 on the “19th of June,” almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
General Order #3 Read by General Gordon Granger “19th of June”, 1865 Galveston, TX states: “The people are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, become that between employer and hired labor. The freed are advised to at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”