YORK COLLEGE CUNY HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY DEPT.
94-20 GUY BREWER BOULEVARD, ROOM 3D08
JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11451

(718) 262-2636 * (718) 262-5220

E-MAIL: bahf@york.cuny.edu

Visit The York College Black American Heritage Foundation Music History Archive, located in college library. Call (718) 262-2635 for appointment.
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MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of The Black American Heritage Foundation (BAHF) is to document,preserve and disseminate information about the accomplishments of African Americans, assist young people to develop educationally, culturally, morally and socially; and inculcate in ouryoung the spirit of good citizenship and full awareness of the cultural heritage of African Americans.

ABOUT THE BLACK AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION

BAHF was founded in 1984 by its Chairman Clarence L. Irving, Sr. to continue the owrk of the Bisons Bicentennial Committee. It is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York and chartered by the New York State Department of Charities and Registration. It is governed by a Board of Directors. Its steering Committee is composed of citizens who are residents of Queens County, City of New York. These individuals serve in a strictly volunteer capacity; the organization has no salaried employees.

BAHF does not have a dues-paying membership but is supported by private donors, friends of the organization and grants from cultural agencies. BAHF is a member of the Queens Council on the Arts and Cultural Council Foundation.

PHILOSOPHY OF FOUNDER

The philosophy of the founder of BAHF is that all Americans derive benefit from having a better understanding of the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans. When he started BAHF, it was his intention that its programs would focus on African Americans within the continental United States, including naturalized citizens of African descent and those who came to this country before they were allowed to become citizens.