History of Black Philanthropy

History of Black Philanthropy

March 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Central Library 1st Floor Art Gallery
500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313

History of Black Philanthropy reflects upon the many ways philanthropy has operated within and shaped the African American community over the centuries, as far back as the 1700s.


King Davis's book Fund Raising in the Black Community: History, Feasibility, and Conflict, traces fundraising in the African American community back to 1775, when Prince Hall founded the Black Masons in Boston.

Other charitable groups such as the Free African Society in 1778 and in 1816 Bishop Richard Allen led the formation of the first organized black denomination in the United States, the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Philadelphia.  Later, there were organizations to protect freedmen, to keep their widows and children from being sold into slavery, and to help slaves escape from the South.

The Black United Fund Movement grew out of the realiza­tion that African Americans had a responsibility to assist in their own growth and the development of programs they believed to be important.  


Exhibit is free and open to the public.  Exhibit supporters include: State Representative Jarvis Johnson, Black United Fund of Texas, George Thomas “Mickey” Leland Library and Museum Of African History, Culture and Social Change and African Methodist Episcopal Church.