Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation

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Our Purpose

The goal of MAAHF is to sponsor educational events and activities to promote community building and fostering of good neighbors.  There are concerns about issues affecting the ​African-American community, especially the youth, in Montclair.  The complexions of many neighborhoods have significantly changed over the years and with these changes, a lot of history has been lost. Our programs will be intended to influence how the Montclair community experiences the local African-American heritage, culture, and concerns.  

Adinkra Symbol

The Adinkra symbols represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes. These symbols express various themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante. They mostly have rich proverbial meaning since proverbs play an important role in the Asante culture. The use of Proverbs is considered as a mark of wisdom. 

MAAHF observes the traditions of the Kwanzaa Principles and incorporates the Adinkra Symbols into its practice. Cooperative Economics (UJAMAA), pronounced OO-JA-MA, is the fourth of the Kwanzaa Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba). It is celebrated December 29th or Day 4 of the Kwanzaa Week.

“To share wealth and work, then, is to share concern, care and responsibility for a new, more human and fulfilling future” 

Translations: 1. "To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and profit from them together." 2. "To support and patronage businesses that support our community."

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Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation

228 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair NJ 07042 US                          973-866-3512               


                     HEALTH AWARENESS                          RECOGNIZING AMBASSADORS                 CELEBRATING OUR YOUTH                  GRAND MARSHALS SHARING HISTORY 

Our Mission 

The mission of MAAHF is to build upon the rich African-American cultural legacy through support of quality local programs funded through grass roots organized events. Providing quality historical, health, and cultural education within interactive forum settings will in turn strengthen our community as a whole.  Additionally, through individual, corporate and business support, we will provide scholastic scholarships and foster opportunities to create model programs which encourage harmonious living.

About Us

The Montclair African American Heritage Foundation (MAAHF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supported by a diverse committee of volunteers who have affection for the Montclair, N. J. community. ​ Our volunteers live both in and outside of Montclair.