The mission of the Asante Foundation is to promote respect for New Orleans’ African-American community by honoring those who contribute to it, inspire it, and represent the best of it.



The Community Served by the Asante Foundation

The history of New Orleans’ African-American community encompasses the experience of the slaves who gathered to celebrate their African heritage each Sunday in Congo Square, the Hatian Creoles and free-people of color who became doctors, business people and artisans in the early days of Faubourg, Treme, and the civil rights leaders and freedom riders who were instrumental in helping to end segregation in New Orleans and across the Deep South.

The City’s population has remained approximately 63% African-American for several decades, and while the African-American community has much to be proud of, it still suffers from a disproportionate amount of poverty (27%), economic inequity (with black households making 50% less than white ones), a dysfunctional education system, and persistent institutional barriers to opportunity. New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country, and as a result, a majority of young black faces on the local TV news are there as a demonstration of failure. The failure of families, schools, a city, and a society. To African-Americans, no matter how hard we work or how many of us seem to accomplish, these faces have become, even for us, a representation of our community.

At the Asante Foundation, we are determined to highlight the overwhelmingly positive attributes of our youth, our community, and our city.

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