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Tri-City & Hayward Area families: Contact us today to find out how you can be a part of our special 2019 Black History Month program. LEARN MORE

Honoring Our Ancestors, Strengthening Our Families and Community

Honoring Our Ancestors, Strengthening Our Families and Community

The Afro-American Cultural & Historical Society, Tri-City Area invites everyone to engage in the rich history of Black Americans through educational and cultural activities.


Black history is important because Black history is American history. In the Tri-City Area, we live in a multicultural community where people of all backgrounds live, work and thrive. As we all learn from each other, we must continue to tell the story of Black Americans—from their trials and tribulations to their accomplishments as a people—so that our families and our community can truly live in harmony.

“The differentness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.”

Carter G. WoodsonFounder, Black History Month

Our Founder

Jean P. Ficklin is a highly distinguished member of the Tri-City Area. She set the stage for future instructors of color by being the first African American instructor in the Newark Unified School District. She spent 33 years educating and inspiring our youth as a teacher before retiring in 1987. Since her retirement, Ficklin has remained an active member in the community.

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Jacob Lawrence migration series

Special Event: Black History Month Observance

Feb. 9, 2019  •  11am  •  Newark Community Center  •  Cost: FREE

Join us for the 45th annual Black History Month Observance in Newark. This year’s theme is “What Brought You to the Tri-City and Hayward Area?” where we take a look back on the Great Migration of African Americans from the South and how many of our families found their way to California. We will be showing “An Exploration of Our History,” a film by award-winning filmmaker Doug Harris about the migration of blacks from the South to North Richmond.

Afro American Cultural & Historical Society scholarship recipients in 2002

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Since 1974, we have awarded more than $175,000 to nearly 150 students from the Tri-City area and Hayward so that they could pursue higher education. Our scholarship recipients have obtained degrees from universities throughout the country, and many have gone on to become radiologists, professors, principals, teachers, computer scientists, military officers, journalists and physical therapists, as well as scores of parents who continue to pass on strong family values. If you believe in our youth and the advancement of African Americans in our community, please make a donation so that we can continue to help our families and community thrive. Your gift is tax-deductible.

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