Our Motto is 'Giving a Hand Up'

Our Focus is "Reach One Teach Millions"


Founded in 2002, we are a group of devoted, diverse, & multicultural volunteers. We are composed of representatives from Industry, Government, Education, Finance, entrepreneurs, Retirees, Clergy, Civic, and Fraternal Groups. 


The African-American Educational and Cultural Festival, Inc. is a Not-for-profit, 501C(3) organization composed of devoted, diverse, and ethnic members, representing industry, government, education finance, entrepreneurs, retirees, clergy, and 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 an annual festival held in the Riverhead town vicinity, also known as the County Seat of Suffolk County, NY. 

Activities include: Speaker Bureau, Transformation, Prevention and Intervention Programs, Educational & Art Exhibits, Entrepreneur & Apprentice Training & Skills, Health & Wellness Initiatives, College Preparation and Partnership with School Districts, Colleges and Universities. 

Our Focus:Giving a Hand-up and not a Hand-out. To educate, embrace, celebrate and pay tribute to the African American education, culture and history. 

Board of 


Executive Board

Marylin Banks-Winter, President & Co-Chair

Prof. James Banks, Co-Chair

Bobby Smith, Director 

Carol Bell-Dumpson, Corresponding Secretary

David Barczak, Treasurer

   Board​ Members

Awa Drame

Jackie Tapley

Rev. Justin Winter

Maryeta Booker, Esq

Rev. Mary Cooper

Annette Totten, Esq

Copyright © 2020 The African American Educational and Cultural Festival, Inc. All Rights Reserved

​​Call us:

631-208-1739 – office

631-208-1294 - fax

​Write us: 

P.O. Box 1730

Riverhead, Long Island,  NY 11901 

The AAECF, Inc. is a Non-Profit 501c3 organization
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