Important People of African Descent and Diaspora Initiative

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At AGL we successfully engage our partners and stakeholders, get to know them, foster a good understanding of their background, experience, personality, and preferred communications tool (as: Face to face, Phone calls, and a simple drop of an email).  Understanding each and every stakeholder influences our projects, knowing these factors help us create a plan to promote cooperation and engagement towards our project objective.   Making sure the needs for all stakeholders are indeed doable.  In some cases the stakeholder(s) are a small segment of a large enterprise.  Satisfying “the” needs on solution that work for the social enterprise.  We dig into our own projects and become master of what our scopes statements, deliverable, milestones, and all details in our projects are, we organize communities, listen on their feedback, explain to them why we are in their community, what we need to do, asking them what they hope to do for AGL. This collaborative approach makes everyone feel included, useful, belonging and being part to participate of the project and solutions. In any discussion, communication, or conversation we listen to what communities ask us or tell us before we provide or respond on project requirements, experience or current project with use real data

We held the Vigil for Michel Brown at Strathcona Vancouver, BC’s oldest residential and truly unique neighbourhood, Close to this place lays “The Fountain Chapel located at 823 Jackson Avenue in Vancouver, BC from 1918 until 1985. It was the local chapter of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and was co-founded by Nora Hendrix (grandmother of guitarist Jimi Hendrix) to serve Vancouver’s black community.   Prior to the establishment of the Fountain Chapel, black Christians held services in rented halls around town, and eventually a small group decided they should have a permanent church of their own. They set out to raise funds for the project and arranged for the AME to match the amount raised locally. Once financing was secured, they purchased the building on Jackson Avenue that was built in 1910 and had served as a Lutheran church for German and Scandinavian immigrants.

The AME is a well-established Christian denomination that was founded in 1816 by African Americans in response to the racism they encountered in non-segregated churches, AME was an important institution for black opposition to antebellum slavery and anti-black racism generally.  Hogan’s Alley was the local, unofficial name for Park Lane, an alley that ran through the southwestern corner of Strathcona in Vancouver, British Columbia during the first six decades of the twentieth century. It ran between Union and Prior Streets from approximately Main Street to Jackson Avenue.  While Hogan’s Alley and the surrounding area was an ethnically diverse neighbourhood during this era, a home to many Italian, Chinese and Japanese Canadians, a number of black families, black businesses, and the city’s only black church, the African Methodist Episcopal Fountain Chapel, were located there. As such, Hogan’s Alley was the first and last neighbourhood in Vancouver with a substantial concentrated black population.  A possible reason these families settled there was because of the close proximity to the train stations since sleeping car porters were predominantly black men.

A 1957 study by the City of Vancouver Planning Department described the black population of Strathcona as such: “The Negro population, while numerically small, is probably a large proportion of the total Negro population in Vancouver. Their choice of this area is partly its proximity to the railroads where many of them are employed, partly its cheapness and partly the fact that it is traditionally the home of many non-white groups.  2016 Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation with other African/black people’s local and international organizations will organizing to Celebrate the 100 years of Fountain Chapel Vancouver, with different activities that will see people from all walks of life participate, we are asking for any Organization interested to join hand with us to make this precious event as success

 Our African History and celebrations

Celebrating African heritage with Kwanza and Black History month to recognize, promote and celebrate African Cultural Heritage, Traditional values, Family, Community and Culture..   At AGL we focus to the the children to appreciate the richness of their African history, in part to counter the negative racial stereotypes and institutional racism that that been seen first-hand.  The Kwanzaa event helps to focus on positive aspects of African culture rather than negative interactions.  “Kids appreciating mom’s side and dad’s side and not to think one is better than the other,”  children learning about Kwanzaa so they can grasp their ability to overcome lasting legacies of racism that is still visible in disparities in income, health, housing and other measures and to make sure they are connected to other cultures and ethnicities.”  to celebrate family, community and culture.,+1492&source=bl&ots=p4WVS76sRB&sig=FyEXB9ENvlAWw1KIRY7M9AzA12E&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAmoVChMI29PkvPKvyAIVgTuICh3wAguK#v=onepage&q=history%20of%20Haiti%20began%20on%20December%205%2C%201492&f=false   Watch our first Vigil  for James Brown killed in USA, Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation organized this, event, its unfortunate that Yasin of United Black Canadian Community Association, hijacked it and put on his web site as his own, when we only invited him to talk about  the history of Hogan’s Alley.