AAHCF Launches Kickoff for Step Up Program With Youth Mlk Oration Competition

The African American History and Culture Foundation hosts a student oration contest honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to kick off their 2022 STEP UP program.

Online PR News – 20-April-2022 – Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, April 30, 2022, the African American History & Culture Foundation (AAHCF) will present the kickoff to their 2022 Supplemental Transition Education Program for Underrepresented Populations (STEP UP) program. The STEP UP program provides direct services to youth as well as empowers parents with skills needed to be successful and effectively support their students. By improving the transition and post-secondary options, it seeks to improve the lives of numerous at-risk youth, directly improving the communities in which they reside.

The kickoff will take place at 2:00 p.m. PST at Philadelphian SDA Church located at 2640 Santa Fe Ave. Long Beach, CA 90810.

The MLK Oration Competition includes cash prizes for student participants in grades 6-12. Students will orate for five minutes each to the prompt: Is Dr. King's work still relevant in a Black Lives Matter Movement era? The competition will be decided by a select group of leaders. Awards will be presented to winners by six-time world boxing champion, Zab Juda. The kickoff will follow the organization’s participation in the MLK Day parade and celebration. This event is free and open to the public.

“I am excited to get this much anticipated event underway,” said Dr. Chandra Salaam, CEO of AAHCF. “I am already proud of all of the students who will participate in STEP UP this year and look forward to working closely with families to support students’ success.”

AAHCF is one of nine organizations selected to receive funding the STEP UP kickoff under a community project bill introduced by Congressman Alan Lowenthal for the 47th District in Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations legislation. “I championed these projects at the request of my communities and constituents, and I am proud to have secured this much-needed funding for these important projects across the 47th District,” said Lowenthal in a press released published on July 2021.

About AAHCF:
Under the leadership of Dr. Chandra Salaam, the African American History and Culture Foundation, Inc (AAHCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Long Beach, CA. AAHCF’s mission is to enhance the lives of underserved youth, their families, and communities by providing on-going historical, educational, and recreational services to meet their diverse needs. Learn more at AAHCFND.org.