As preservation efforts grow, awareness and renewed interest in Pan African American culture continues to grow, it is important for African American people to preserve their cultural economic assets; and the authenticity of their art, food and music.
FABA and the Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute recognizes the importance of this struggle and have joined the effort in assisting them in their efforts to maintain their culture and history. Their focus is the education and research of cultures of people of African descent, and the teaching of the importance of maintaining the cultural and historical assets to promote economic development to enhance community viability. Given the unique culture and influences of African Americans on American culture and history, FABA and the Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute, Inc. are dedicated to the survival of Pan African American cultures.
Forgotten Communities Art
The Forgotten Communities Program was created as a community based tourism project to support talented painters and performing artists to re-capture the spirituality and dignity of "Ordinary People"; who once and now,inhabit cultural and historic communities that are neglected by mainstream society. Only through the arts, can the spiritual moment and importance of a culture be recreated and conveyed to another culture.
Americans of African descent are known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida. The Gullahs, who live on the islands; are descendants of enslaved West Africans. They worked the rice and cotton fields and made South Carolina, and other Southern States, some of the wealthiest of the American colonies. Before they were freed, the island inhabitants were offered a chance to purchase their land.