Buffalo is among the few northern urban centers able to boast one of two long-standing African American cultural institutions and two African American theater companies.
African American Cultural Center, Inc.
Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center
350 Masten Avenue, Buffalo 716-884-2013 www.africancultural.org
350 Masten Avenue, Buffalo 716-884-2013 www.paulrobesontheatre.com
Founded in 1956, the African American Cultural Center, Inc. is a not for profit multipurpose cultural arts performance and education agency dedicated to the development of urban Buffalo to its highest potential. The organization serves as a protectorate of the African American experience, a promoter of diversity education, a stronghold of cultural heritage, and a champion of African American youth in the City of Buffalo. The African American Cultural Center program includes:
The Paul Robeson Theatre is the oldest African American theatre in Buffalo Niagara. Founded in 1968 and named for the multi-talented Harlem Renaissance actor and scholar Paul Busti Robeson it remains dedicated to nurturing and showcasing the artistic talents of African American playwrights, directors, actors, and stage technicians.
• AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company • Pine Grill Jazz Reunion • Jumpin’ Jambalaya Summer Program • AACC Cultural Enrichment Program • Educational Directives for After School
Ujima Company, Inc. 429 Plymouth Ave, Buffalo 716-322-5178 / ujimacoinc.com
Ujima Company, Inc. is a professional theatre company dedicated to the development and presentation of work by African-Americans and other Third World artists. Of all the theatre companies in Buffalo, Ujima supports the longeststanding acting ensemble. It is among the most heralded and awarded arts organizations in the region.
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A guide to the sights, sounds, tastes and heritage of Buffalo's African American community