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Welcome to the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc!

AACCCR is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to educating, enriching, and empowering residents of the Capital Region through a variety of educational and cultural programs, activities, events and exhibits.  In line with AACCCR's mission, the Center welcomes all residents located not only within the Capital Region, but nationally and  internationally as well. 

AACCCR welcomes volunteers and all donations, join us as we build a strong and vibrant organization dedicated to empowering and transforming lives!


African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region

135 South Pearl Street

Albany, NY 12202





Upcoming Events

Winter 2014 - 2015 Events


Capital Region Kwanzaa* Celebration

December 26, 2014 - January 1, 2015



*Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January.  Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. The word "kwanza" is a KiSwahili (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) word meaning "first."

Kwanzaa reaffirms seven principles. The seven principles (nguzo saba) of Kwanzaa utilize Kiswahili words: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani). Each of the seven candles signify the principles. 


2014 Gospel Gala Fundraiser Event

Please join us this Friday, November 21, 2014 for a special AACCCR fundraiser event to raise money for the Gospel Gala, one of the premier Albany events for Black History Month!




AACCCR thanks the City of Albany, all special invited guests, and residents of the Capital Region for their support.




The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region is excited to present the Rapp Road History Project Exhibition: The Journey of a Church Family from Shubuta Mississippi to the “Promise Land” Albany, New York during the Great Southern Migration of African Americans from the South to the North* in the late 1940’s.

Opening Reception on November 7, 2014 from 6-8:30 pm at the AACCCR 135 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY FREE!

Exhibition on display
Through January 2, 2015
Exhibition hours: Mondays
Noon-3:30pm or by appointment
Call AACCCR 518.621-7196 or Linda 518.419-0156 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Most of its original residents migrated from Shubuta, Mississippi in the 1930s and 1940s to Albany’s South End, and then on to Rapp Road. Once a few families moved to Albany, a chain migration occurred as family, friends, and church members encouraged their loved ones in the South to relocate to Albany.



Beginning October 9, 2014, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District is offering free shuttle service to Downtown's Albany FreshConnect Farmer's Market. AACCCR is excited to announce that the shuttle will also stop at the cultural center's 135 South Pearl Street location!

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