Our Motto is 'Giving a Hand Up'

Our Focus is "Reach One Teach Millions"



Founded in 1998 and incorporated 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. 

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 Focus: Giving a Hand-up and not a Hand-out by educating, embracing, celebrating and pay tribute to African American education, culture and history. 

Board of 



Executive Board

Marylin Banks-Winter,

President & Co-Chair

Prof. James Banks,

Vice President & Co-Chair

Carol Bell-Dumpson,

Corresponding Secretary

Nick Felix,



   Board​ Members

Awa Drame

Jackie Tapley

Rev. Justin Winter, Sr.

Honorable Maryeta Booker

Rev. Mary A. Cooper

Annette M. Totten, Esq

Elena Rivera-Williams

Robert C. Ward

Joel Diamond

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