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By raising private funds to support educational, volunteer and community engagement programs, millions have had the opportunity to experience these national treasures firsthand and unearth little known facts and stories about the considerable contributions of African Americans throughout our nation's history.
African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation
Building Common Ground 2010 Grant Recipients:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site:
This project will aim to reach out to community organizations and schools to talk to students about careers with the National Park Service while inviting them to the park’s annual birthday celebration and a career fair. Additionally, an innovative, live program of the birthday celebration will be broadcast to Women's Rights in Seneca Falls, NY and New Bedford Whaling in MA.
Little Rock Central High National Historic Site: The park will use the National History Day theme of Geography in History: Impact, Influence and Change with Arkansas teachers by focusing on the African American experience. Teachers will receive 6 hours of professional development as they learn how to best integrate the African American experience through NHD.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site: Nine Atlanta Public School Eco-Force clubs will engage in Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site interpretive programming, interview Park Rangers, and conduct age appropriate presentations. The program will directly engage 270 youth from under-engaged audiences.
Nicodemus National Historic Site: Through the historical community building tradition of quilting, this project will unite established quilting groups, sponsoring National Park Units of Kansas and selected nearby 4th or 5th grade classes to collaboratively design and produce quilts depicting the Untold Story of a Kansas National Park. This intergenerational project will inspire our youth to pursue one of America's most valued, iconic and revered traditional crafts -- quiltmaking. The resultant quilts will then tour the five Kansas National Park Units over the summer and by way of a public voting process, a winning quilt will be named.
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site: National Negro Health Week will be recreated as National Health Week and used as a vehicle to promote exercise and exploration to the local community. The event will encourage participants to assess and act to enhance their health through investing in them and learning about the resources at the parks. Through a series of lectures, clean-up activities, charity walks/runs and the celebration National Junior Ranger Day, Booker T. Washington's vision will be honored and remembered.