Thanks everyone for attending our sold out 2016 fundraiser at Umana Restaurant
It was a huge success with wonderful food and fantastic music. As we move forward to promote our communities during these challenging times, please take heart from these words by our executive director Angela O'Neal, which was delivered at the fundraiser:
This week spoke volumes as the country casted their votes for the next President of the United States. For so many of us, we carry a heavy heart as we look into an unknown future, and in our solace, we naturally turn inward. We may ask ourselves – what can I do to make a difference? How can I lead and inspire the weary? How can I remind the younger generation to continue their dreams with the hope and pride their ancestors continue to whisper to all of us in quiet prayer?
My strength and faith continues, because now more than ever before, we deserve a thriving African American Cultural Center in the city of Albany. My vision for the Center continues to be inspired by all of the support and excitement our community has demonstrated. You have spoken and your words are clear. Your membership and commitment to our programs has told me that our young deserve quality arts & educational programs that represent our proud and fierce African American culture and history. Your words have told me that ourcommunity needs a platform in discussing concerns while also providing an inspirational focus in the realities of yesterday, today, and the future. And, your actions have told me that you want to march in our parade, gather at our events, rejoice in the celebration of Juneteenth, and lead in gospel, spoken word, and theater.
The African American Cultural Center must become the hope of the future for the next generation. It represents a continuation of a legacy – born out of a strong commitment to serve our community, to strengthen our community, and to unite our community. This collective work fosters the beauty that lies within each and every one of us. It lies in the humble beginnings an artist has spent creating a craft for the world to see. It lies in the confidence a young child has found while standing for the first time on a large stage. It lies in the sacred time a volunteer gives to the Center – never looking for praise – only for the satisfaction in giving back and providing a helping hand.
It is an honor to have been chosen to help guide an organization that I love in a time that needs it most. And so, we will proudly continue our journey with a unified voice, because our local leaders, our Board of Directors, our charter members and our new members want and truly believe in the words our great leader – Dr. Martin Luther King, once said:
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
Thank you to all of you and your continued support!
AACCCR, 135 S. Pearl St. You may make donations to PayPal at: http://www.aacccr.org/donate