Welcome to Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation, Inc.



The Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation serves as an outreach to broaden minds and spirits, preserve history and culture, and to recognize and promote cultural resources as an essential element of Montclair's economic and social well-being.​

About US

These symbols express themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante.

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.  

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.

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 provide recurring scholastic scholarships and foster opportunities to create model programs which encourage harmonious living.

Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. 

We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. 

We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, Thank You. 

We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 


Health Awareness

In the past, we have:

  1. Hosted a screening of "Soul Food Junkies" by Byron Hurt (above on right). This presentation also included samples of healthy Soul Food dishes created by local restauranteurs. 
  2. Produced  three offerings of "Prepare For Care", a four week series of workshops to guide families embarking on the journey and challenges of caregiving. The workshops were facilitated by professionals in the Insurance, Social Service, and Behavioral Science industries.
  3. Stay Tuned for future events!

Recognizing Ambassadors and Grand Marshals

MAAHF AMBASSADORS, are at a minimum, individuals that demonstrate a  noteworthy positive accomplishment in our Community, 

and preferably with some relationship in the greater Montclair area.                                              


  1. We seek the opportunity to recognize two community members who have been making a difference but have gone under the radar. 
  2. The persons should be elders of the greater community (but does not have to be) particularly if they have accomplished something special that should be recognized now. 

**** The above was an exceptional opportunity to celebrate a Special group of gentlemen known as the "90's PLUS CLUB".   


Celebrating Our Youth


  1. Ibn Wallace, Jr. (2014)  Montclair State University,  MAJOR: Public Relations THIS IS IBN'S FOURTH AND FINAL YEAR! WE WISH HIM LOTS OF CONTINUED SUCCESS!
  2. Noah Blake (2015) State University of New York at Oswego, MAJOR: Broadcast
  3. Shanice Oke (2016) Kean University    MAJOR: Biology Medical Technology
  4. Jamie Washington (2017) Essex County College MAJOR: Computer Science

Adinkra Symbol NIA, Purpose

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

MAAHF's 2018 Adinkra Symbol is the Fifth of the Principles of Kwanzaa, Nguzo Saba.

Essentially, a commitment to: 

  • the collective vocation of building, developing and, 
  • defending our national community, 
  • its culture and history in order to regain our historical initiative and greatness as a people.   
  • Nia is celebrated on December 30th

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Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation

228 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042

(973) 866-3512


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed