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Mission Statement

To engage and unify the diverse communities of Berrien County, Michigan in appreciation and awareness of the historical AFrican AMErican experience in all its dispositions, and succor in inspiring self-potential through African Americans legacy contributions. To promote cultural education that helped to shape the courageous and steadfast fortitude that defines the American spirit.


The Gallery continued, during the initial onset of the COVID outbreak, to safely hold small group tours, classroom teachings, and limited community gatherings such as Prayer Vigils and Fireside Chats that were impassioned and highly requested from our Caucasian Sisters and Brothers desiring to have conversations of understanding with regards to the African American perspective. Those requests have not stopped but, unfortunately, like everyone else, we had to step-back and wait for COVID restrictions to diminish somewhat; but we are now planning to start our slow and careful re-opening.

It is 'Now That Time’ where one of The Gallery’s greatest opportunities has finally come - a unified community collaboration in 'A Civic Monuments Movement.’

Today the founders of the African American History & Literature Gallery, with the support of the Krasl Art Center, Lake Michigan College, the Benton Harbor/ST Joseph Arts & Culture Social Justice Group, and the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, are pleased to announce a 'Civic Monuments Movement’. This collaboration is inclusive of the Berrien Community Foundation as our Fiscal Project Partner. This public arts project will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the placements of his statue in both the twin cities, andMeijer can play a role in shaping our unified endeavor.


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