Founded: January, 16, 1985
On January 16, 1985, an Afro-Americans group founded the SSAH. The mandate of this group was to preserve the history of Afro-Americans in the city and beyond.
“There is still much to be done. We live history every day. But how will people know who we are, how we lived or what we thought, centuries from now? Won’t you help us preserve our history by sharing…. Your precious documents and pictures that you perhaps have…… buried in basements and attics?”
“The Stories of ‘His-tory’ and her-story’ are powerful. Much information is not currently in our history books – particularly information regarding communities of color.
For our young people to someday realize the importance of their ‘past’, it is vital that we all preserve precious memories, large and small – before they evaporate into ‘times gone by’.”
Again, in closing, to quote Dr. Rice in speaking of those ancestors: They quietly paved the way in a time when the odds were against them and in a country that was supposedly dedicated to free and equal education to all. We are proud to have played a role in exposing these individuals to the world.
One of the society’s objectives is to establish a museum to display what has been collected, since its inception. SSAH has been involved in several projects to make this dream a reality.
“A strong team can take any vision and turn it into a reality.”
Motto: Building Communities and Educating Nations!