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Phylicia Rashad the face of $25 million initiative to preserve our stories

attends the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2017 Gala "Ella at 100: Forever the First Lady of Song" on April 26, 2017 in New York City.

Phylicia Rashad, best known to some as “Claire Huxtable” from “The Cosby Show” and to others, as Diana DuBois from “Empire,” has a new role. She is now ambassador of the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF).

According to Black Enterprise, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, the JPB Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations launched a $25 million initiative to preserve the stories of African-Americans, thus the AACHAF.

We’re sure about that, but Rashad indicates there is a real need right now to make sure our stories are not only told but that they’re told correctly. No revisionist history allowed.

In a video promotion for the Fund, Rashad states:

“There are places…that tell my story, and there are places that tell your story, too, many more historic places of African-American achievement and activism…that remain hidden.

“We are at an important time in our country, a time to correct a misconceptions of our history and to craft a new narrative to tell the full history.  This is why I support the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.  This fund will provide grants for African-American historic sites, empower our youth through a hands-on preservation experience and promote communities that work for everyone.”

Rashad will not be the only one spearheading this campaign. Leaders from diverse sectors will make up the fund’s Advisory Council.  They include individuals from the arts, academia, government, and business.

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation (and an African-American man, for clarity), will serve as its chair.  He stated:

“Without a thorough reckoning with the complex and difficult history of our country, especially when it comes to race, we will not be able to overcome intolerance, injustice, and inequality.  We have an opportunity with this Fund to broaden the American narrative to reflect our remarkably rich and diverse history.”

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