The Foundation’s primary activities focus on maintaining a lasting memorial in honor of Kunta Kinte and his descendant Alex Haley, supporting educational and research projects, and preserving African-American history, art, culture, and genealogy.
Some of the Foundation’s recent activities have included:
In April of 2001, the Foundation completed and delivered a national research report on the topic of slavery and bound workers in the United States to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Entitled Economic Renaissance: Revealing the True Role of the Bound Agricultural Worker in United States History, this extensive examination, prepared at the Department’s request, includes a database of known resources on the topic.
During 2000, the Foundation established a unique partnership with Frontiers International, the Maryland State Archives, and the Anne Arundel County, Maryland School System, one of the largest school systems in the United States. Frontiers International donated the funds, the Maryland State Archives donated time and material, and the School System donated its distribution services, resulting in placement of a series of historical and African-American reference materials at school libraries throughout the County.
The Foundation joined forces with John Amos, actor, and Mr. Amos’ Halley’s Comet Foundation, to form a fundraising partnership, bringing his highly acclaimed performance of “Halley’s Comet” to Maryland. Mr. Amos participated in the December 1999 Phase II and June 2002 Phase III dedication ceremonies of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial. He also performed his highly successful one-man show as a fund-raiser for the Foundation. We thank Mr. Amos for his interest and dedication to the Foundation’s efforts!
During the past few years, Foundation volunteers have provided support to a number of individuals seeking the whereabouts of lost family members, as well as assistance in helping them identify their ancestors. We have united people from around the world, and with the assistance of our volunteers and countless unnamed supporters from libraries, archives, and historical organizations, we have been successful in helping individuals gain a more complete connection to their families and their heritage. New volunteers to assist us with these efforts are always welcome!
In June 2002 the third and final phase of the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial was completed at the City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland with a final Memorial dedication ceremony. The Memorial is like no other in the country in its messages and location. See the Memorial section of this site for more information.