This is a sampling of the many organizations that serve the African-American community in Greater Washington. To add your organization to this list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our de-humanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.
The Black Student Fund (BSF) is dedicated to bringing people together by maintaining access to independent schools for black children from low to modest income households. The BSF was established in 1964 and provides scholarships as well as essential support services to black students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.
The Black Women Playwrights’ Group (BWPG) is a service and advocacy group for African-American women playwrights writing for the professional theater.
The Washington, D.C., Chapter of Concerned Black Men, Inc.® (CBM-DC) sponsors a variety of programs and activities which promote the educational, cultural and social development of youth in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
The mission of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) is to serve as a unified voice of black religious bodies that seeks to improve the quality of life for African Americans.
The Greater Washington Urban League is an interracial, nonpartisan, nonprofit social services and civil rights organization that seeks to increase the economic and political empowerment of blacks and other minorities and to help all Americans share equally in the responsibilities and rewards of full citizenship.
Institute for Black Charities—also known as Black Charities for Children, Families, Communities—was founded in 1997 to provide services that uplift people of color. Institute for Black Charities (IBC) matches those who can help with those who need help through IBC’s six affiliate offices and hundreds of affiliated local nonprofit organizations.
The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation's premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children - particularly children of African descent.
The National Black Justice Coalition is a civil right's organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBT people. The NBJC seeks to strengthen the bonds and bridge the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBT equality
The Black Women's Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of black women and girls.
The AABE is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policy regulations, R&D technologies and environmental issues.
ONE DC's organizing work centers on popular education, community organizing and alternative economic development projects. ONE DC's mission is to exercise political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The National Black Chamber of Commerce® is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African-American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.
The National Black MBA Association, Inc., Washington, D.C. Chapter (NBMBAA-DC), which consists of over 680 African-American professionals, is one of the largest and most active chapters.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. advocates on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote its national and international agendas on leadership development and on gender equity in health, education and economic development.
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of national African-American women's organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.
The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL), as part of a national network, provides direct services and effective advocacy to empower their constituents to enter the economic and social mainstream. NOVAUL’s mission is to enable Northern Virginia African Americans and disadvantaged others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through program services and effective advocacy.
United Black Fund raises funds for financing organizations operating charitable, health, welfare, recreational and allied programs in the Washington metropolitan area and throughout the United States. United Black Fund provides plans, facilities, manpower and community leadership for unified fundraising campaigns.
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) seeks to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that UNCF's network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.
Since 1970, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has worked to improve and advance the lives of black children and their families through education and advocacy. NBCDI focuses on early childhood education, child welfare, elementary and secondary education and health.
New Community for Children provides underserved children and families in Washington, D.C., with before school, after school and summer programs that help them strengthen their academic skills as well as foster their self-confidence and creativity.
Through a collaboration of partner nonprofit organizations, the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) provides access to high quality educational, arts, recreation, health and social service programs.
Fraternities and Sororities
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908 making it the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for its communities.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 250,000 predominantly black college-educated women, the Sorority currently has over 940 chapters.
Iota Phi Theta develops and perpetuates scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity, and brotherhood among men.
Kappa Alpha Psi seeks to unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Today, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is an organizational Brotherhood consisting of 750 chapters throughout the world.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is dedicated to strong bonds of brotherhood, living with integrity, serving humanity, promoting quality education and developing leaders.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. is purposed for service: reaching inward, upward and outward to provide a continual, yet evolving circle of proactive cutting-edge solutions and support in addressing both legacy and emergent challenges facing their membership, their families, their local communities and the world.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. exists to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood.
Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on black people. The Institute's mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities by engaging and mobilizing black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV.
The Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (BNA of GWDCA) is the fourth chartered chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and is open to all active and retired licensed nurses (RNs and LPNs) and student nurses.
Healthy Babies Project, Inc. (HBP) is a private, nonprofit, community-based support organization for District of Columbia pregnant and parenting women and families. HBP helps at-risk D.C. families have healthy babies and move out of the cycle of poverty.
The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit.
The National Minority AIDS Council is dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Whitman-Walker Clinic's mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.
The Black Online News Network (BONN) is a digital news network consisting of 100 websites.
Afro-American Newspaper provides news for African Americans in the Baltimore - D.C. region and features local news, commentary, sports and entertainment.
TheGrio.com is the first African-American news video community featuring original videos and articles on breaking news, opinion, politics, health, money, business and entertainment.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals. The NABJ provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
The Root is a daily online magazine seeking to provide thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives.
Online news network where black women go for breaking news, political commentary, social issues, entertainment, beauty and lifestyle stories.
The Washington Informer is published weekly and reaches more than 50,000 readers in the District of Columbia, Prince George's County, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia.
Places of Interest
The mission of the African American Civil War Museum is to preserve and tell the stories of the United States Colored Troops and African-American involvement in the American Civil War. The African American Civil War Museum utilizes a rich collection of primary resources, educational programming and technology to create a meaningful learning experience focused on this pivotal time in American history.
A nine-acre green space and wetland, the African American Heritage Park offers a place for celebration, commemoration and quiet reflection.
The Alexandria Black History Museum, devoted to exhibiting local and regional history, incorporates the Robert H. Robinson Library as one of two exhibition galleries. The Robert H. Robinson Library was originally constructed in 1940 following a sit-in at the segregated Alexandria Library.
The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘community’ while maintaining its strong ties to Anacostia and the D.C. metropolitan region.
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is a wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African-American history. Primarily, the Museum presents life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry.
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site features Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass’ estate, including its extensive collection of original Douglass objects. The Site strives to inspire Americans to continue Douglass’ legacy by providing an opportunity to connect with his life and accomplishments.
Throughout February, visitors can explore the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon through a daily Slave Life at Mount Vernon tour and special wreathlaying ceremony.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, a National Historic Site, was significant as a center for the development of strategies and programs which advanced the interests of African-American women and the black community.
Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park is a 19th-century African-American historic site. Built as one of three cabins adjacent to the historic Brookville Road, Oakley Cabin was the center of an African-American roadside community from emancipation well into the 20th century.
The Sandy Spring Museum chronicles the history of the Sandy Spring families that lived on farms and worked in trades, creating one of the oldest sustained communities of African-American landowners in the nation.
The Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage captures and portrays, through an interactive Thurgood Marshall Center Heritage Program, the living stories of African-American leaders and communities struggling in the face of discrimination, building lives not only of hope and survival, but also of achievement and success.
This National Memorial honors Dr. King's national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change.
The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about black life, history and culture to the global community.
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Rick Kittles and Gina Paige, the Washington, D.C., based company estimates they've helped over 100,000 people re-connect with the roots of their family tree.
The HistoryMakers is a national, nonprofit educational institution committed to preserving, developing and providing easy access to an internationally recognized archival collection of thousands of African-American video oral histories.
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) is recognized as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas and other parts of the world. As one of Howard University's major research facilities, the MSRC collects, preserves and makes available resources chronicling the black experience.
This web page provides an overview of where to begin African-American research catalogued by historical era of subject. The National Archives web page also lists links to alternate resources.
Located next door to the Alexandria Black History Museum, the Watson Reading Room is a non-circulating research repository focusing on issues of African-American history and culture. Black History Museum staff and volunteers are available (by appointment) to work with visitors of all ages who are researching African-American history.
The mission of Rhythm N' Dance is to preserve African diasporic culture through arts education for youth and aspiring artists. Originally a company which only taught African dance, they now include services and support for performing artists as well as youth services ranging from lectures to performance ensembles.
KanKouran West African Dance Company was founded in 1983 for the purpose of contributing to the extension of the arts by introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences in the U.S. in order to promote intercultural understanding through education and the performing arts.
Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. The company promotes an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and uses the dance tradition as an educational tool for young people worldwide.
Founded in 1993, Theater Alliance's mission is to develop, produce and present socially conscious, thought-provoking work that fully engages the community in active dialogue.
The DC Black Theatre Festival is a week-long festival celebrating extraordinary stories told by people of color and recognizes the importance of both urban and traditional theatre.
Located in Washington, D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts was founded in 1974 and is the only D.C. public high school that provides professional arts training and college preparation to talented D.C. public school students.
Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts presents classical and contemporary plays in its two-theatre complex. These plays seek to offer not only entertainment, but also a forum for ideas and discussion.
The Division of Fine Arts (formerly the College of Fine Arts) occupies Childers Hall, a four-level structure which houses the Gallery of Art.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art fosters the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The museum is ultimately a place of remembrance, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope.
Advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
The NANM, inc. is the country's oldest organization dedicated to the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of the music of African-Americans. The Ben Holt Memorial Branch is the D.C. chapter of NANM, Inc.
To foster and encourage political awareness among young voters and individuals approaching voting age, to acquaint young people with the Democratic Party, and to work to impact these individuals in a way that drives them to improve the quality of life for DC residents and specifically the communities in which they live.
DC Young Republican's mission is to provide fun and educational programming for members, as well as to support Republican candidates for public office.