African American Cultural Alliance

Nashville, TN   |  www.aacanashville.org

Mission

The African American Cultural Alliance seeks to enhance the awareness of cultural and historical backgrounds and contributions to this world by people of African descent.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Mr. Kwame Leo Lillard

Main address

1215 9th Avenue North Suite 210

Nashville, TN 37208

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EIN

62-1478743

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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African Street Festival

The African Street Festival is the largest and longest-running ethnic, family-oriented celebration on a historically Black U.S. college campus. It has grown from a 1-day, 4-hour street fair for 1500, to a 4-day multi-cultural showcase of music, dance, visual, theater and literary arts, crafts, and other cultural features for over 40,000. We project that by 2012, with our anticipated expansion of events, to acommodate approximately 100,000 over 5 days. Goals for the next 3 years include: (1) design and build a "walk-thru" Learning Lab of Africa & the Diaspora, available for students, community groups, and others, which is part of an exhibit pavilion featuring "Living History and Lessons" provided by community members of the various nations; (2) secure travel funds needed to better establish and secure relationships with various representing ogranizations of Africa and the Diaspora; (3) host 2-3 music or dance artists/groups from areas within the African Diaspora.

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On February 18, 2006, we had the honor of dedicating and unveiling the newly erected and first free-standing, life-size bronze statue of a Civil War United States Colored Troops soldier, in the National Cemetery in Madison, TN. The AACA spearheaded this project and continues to honor and commemorate the Black soldiers who fought in the Battle of Nashville. Each December, for the past 29 years, we have also hosted a tribute to the soldiers at Fort Negley, in Nashville. 2008 was our 30th anniversary. Our goals for continuation include: (1) producing 150,000 glossy brochures of the USCT statue, to be displayed and distributed at such places as interstate rest areas and tourist centers, hotel lobbies, etc.; (2) producing a 30-min PBS video on our tribute to the heroics of the Black soldiers in the Battle of Nashville; and (3) purchasing a 17-passenger van used to conduct tours of key sites in this region where the USCT played decisive roles in the Civil War.

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For 25 years, the AACA has hosted a community-wide Kwanzaa celebration and was first to introduce it to Middle TN in 1983. With much patience and respect to the sensitivity toward this then unfamiliar event, the AACA helped dispel the perceptions that Kwanzaa was a religion or Black Christmas. This led to exposure of this "harvest celebration" to several key institutions and ethnic associations, many of whom chose to lead their own celebrations within the first 8 years. On average, during each year of 1-10, the AACA has educated, conducted or introduced Kwanzaa to approximately 20 multicultural entities. Annually, over the past 15 years, we have responded to an average of 20-25 invitations to instruct, conduct or support a Kwanzaa celebration--such as our recent month-long display at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Future goals include: (1) producing an annual statewide calendar of Kwanzaa events; (2) hosting an annual Kwanzaa parade, crowning a King & Queen of Kwanzaa.

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With the prison population exploding, all evidence shows post-release adjustment programs to be inadquate. We see our Annual Black History Program at Riverbend Maximum Secutiy Instution expanding to include post-release housing, professional development, job, literacy and GED training, and a "manhood" rites of passage program for juvenile offenders. For this extension of our outreach, we wish to obtain our own property in which we can house these different components and provide temporary, transitional residential housing, as well as retreat, training and/or camp-like facilities.

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Global warming is now acknolwedged all over the world, except in most inner-city communities where "just staying warm" is a critical life and death issue. The concept of ecological paradigms has simply never been considered by most leaders in the inner-city because no sustainable advocacy effort has existed. For 6 years, we have supported the Dickson TN Holt family in their quest for justice with the Dickson Co. Governor and Landfill, TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation and the EPA in the cancer-related deaths of several family members, due to 30 years of toxic substances leaking into their water sources. New intiatives would create an inner-city ecological action center to harness youthful energy to create: (1) No waste zones; (2) Daily recycling--all year resource return for revenue; (3) Repair centers for small appliances and bicycles; (4) Provide simple solar panels for inside window use; (5) City-wide "waste watchers" school squads; (6) Create a Walkers Club for adults, etc.

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Awards

Heritage Award 2007

Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc.

Environmental Advocacy Award 2007

Earth Matters of Tennessee

Affiliations & memberships

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 1998

Metro Arts Commission 1999

Nashville Coalition for the Homeless 1996

Jefferson United Merchants Partnership (JUMP) 1994

National Black Child Development Institute 1985

Financials

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African American Cultural Alliance

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sipho Dumasane

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2008 - Dec 2011

Ronda Blackman

Community Volunteer/Board Treasurer

Sipho Dumansane

Community Volunteer

Stephanie Mabry

Community Volunteer/children's activities

Abimbola Wali

Community Volunteer

Sandra Brown

Community Volunteer