Like many other immigrants, Africans are hard working people who come to America to seek a better life. Some come voluntarily, while others are forced out due to circumstances beyond their control, such as wars, civil strife, or political threats in their countries. Some are here as students, migrant workers, or refugees. Africans place a high value on a good education, and work hard to achieve their goals in life.
The African community contributes greatly to the wealth of Southwestern Pennsylvania in many ways--whether by sharing their cultures, or by growing and diversifying the economy of a state with a shrinking population. Their growing numbers help to stabilize the future workforce and industry in the region. The African community in Southwestern Pennsylvania is an expression of many African countries, each with its special gifts.
Union of African Communities in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
5938 Baum Blv.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Acculturation for Justice, Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO)
This organization is a program of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. AJAPO outreach welcomes and empowers refugees and immigrants from Africa and Afro-Caribbean islands settling in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. AJAPO provides a healthy start by nurturing immigrants for civic responsibilities and connecting them to the American communities of their heritage.
Contact: Yinka Aganga-Williams
2900 Bedford Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Uses African performance and visual arts to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS
Contact: Elie Kihonia
Fax : 412-232-3262
Africana Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
WWPH 4148 Pittsburgh PA 15260
Phone: 412- 648-7543