Organizing for Success
For centuries, African Americans have formed associations for mutual benefit and advancement. While many Black organizations emerged in response to segregation, these organizations performed their own vital work within the community, allowing African Americans to develop leadership skills, pool resources, and cultivate a sense of belonging and pride. As African Americans braided together the strands of family, community, and civic outreach, they built powerful networks that would one day be utilized for profound social change.
True liberation can be acquired and maintained only when the Negro people possess power; and power is the product and flower of organization.
A. Philip Randolph
Prince Hall Masons
Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest African American Masonic organization. It aimed to foster racial uplift, mutual aid, and social justice.
Organizing for Success: Resources
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library