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Founded in 1996 and incorporated in 2002, The African-American Educational and Cultural Festival, Inc. is a Not-for-profit, 501C(3) BIPOC organization as determined by the IRS and NYS Bureau of Charities. We are composed of devoted, diverse, and multicultural members, representing industry, government, education, entertainment, finance, entrepreneurs, health & human services, retirees, clergy, civic and fraternal groups. It honors, embraces, celebrates and pays tribute to the African American culture and its history.

Since diversity is one of our nation's strengths, we wish to build our youth into stronger citizens, who are aware, sensitive to differences and capable of constructive expression of dissimilar opinions. Our objective is to provide a wealth of educational and cultural experiences. We also look to continue to promote and sponsor special educational and entertainment events and festivals held online and in-person. 

Our Programs: Speaker Bureau, Transformation, Prevention and Intervention Programs, Mentoring, Advocacy, Educational & Art Exhibits, Entrepreneur & Apprentice Training & Skills, Health & Wellness Initiatives, College Preparation and Partnership with School Districts, Colleges and Universities, and much more. Our Programs are designed and supports special education and related service programming for children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Board of Directors and Advisory  Board


Executive Board

Marylin Banks-Winter,

Founding President & Co-Chair

Prof. James Banks,

Vice President & Co-Chair

Carol Bell-Dumpson,

Corresponding Secretary


Nick Felix,



 Board​ of Directors


Phil Andrews

Jamaal Boyce

Su Chen

Rev. Mary A. Cooper

Lillie B. Crowder

Awa Drame

Jeffrey Pegram

Jabari Thompson

Denice Sheppard

Jesse Warren

Elena Rivera-Williams

Rev. Justin Winter, Sr.

Dr. Farid Zarif


 Advisory Board


Leslie Anderson

Mergim Bazhdari

Honorable Maryeta Booker

Joel Diamond

Eric Naughton

Cynthia Richardson

Debra Britton-Riley

Jackie Tapley

​Annette M. Totten, Esq

Robert C. Ward

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