About the foundation
‘Asante’ is the Swahili word for ‘Thank You.’

Much of the world dances to New Orleans’ indigenous music, feasts on our recipes, and relishes our arts. Since 2008, the Asante Foundation has been celebrating the contributions made by citizens — both famous and unsung — to the African-American community and culture that are the backbone of New Orleans’ international reputation.

Through heritage festivals, media initiatives, and the annual Asante awards, we seek to build pride in our city and ourselves.

Mission Statement:
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.

Vision Statement:
The Asante Foundation envisions a New Orleans where the predominant image of the African-American community is one of dignity, achievement, creativity, and prosperity.

Lawrence Martin, Founder and President
A media and public relations consultant with more than twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Martin is also the founder and director of NOLA.tv, New Orleans’ first community-based internet news source.


  • Lawrence Martin
  • Tanda Armstrong
  • Janet Harris
  • Willie Small
  • Vincent Sylvain

Becoming an Asante Foundation Member is totally FREE!
Members will get news updates and event invitations.