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Black Excellence: Phylicia Rashad Is The Face Of $25 Million Initiative to Diversify American History

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Phylicia Rashad has taken on a new role as an ambassador of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. According to Black Enterprise, “The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, the JPB Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations launched a $25 million initiative to preserve the stories of African-Americans.”

In the promotional video below, the actress expresses that there is a need right now to not only make sure our stories are being told, but to ensure that it is being told correctly.

She states:

“There are places…that tell my story, and there are places that tell your story, too, many more historic places of African-American achievement and activism…that remain hidden."

“We are at an important time in our country, a time to correct misconceptions of our history and to craft a new narrative to tell the full history.  This is why I support the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.  This fund will provide grants for African-American historic sites, empower our youth through a hands-on preservation experience and promote communities that work for everyone.”

Watch the video in its entirety here: 

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