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|About Us: Who We Are
The Museum of African American Cinema
(MoAAC) is a registered NYS and IRS 501c(3)
nonprofit organization based in central
Harlem and is the vision of Dr. Ernest
N. Steele, Ph.D and Gregory Javan Mills,
MA. Founded in 2001, the Museum is an
independent community-based institution
that provides arts and cultural services
and programs to the greater Harlem
community and beyond. We are partially
funded by: NYS Council of the Arts,
local elected officials, private
foundations, and private fundraising
MoAAC is incorporated in the State of
New York and the museum:
- Charted by New York State Board of
Regents as a non-profit educational
& cultural organization in 2001.
- 501 c (3) NY State Charity Status
- 501 c (3) IRS Tax exemption
received in 2002.
- Official NYS
museum designation Charter provision in 2005
In 2008, MoAAC was the proud recipient of the:
from PBS Channel
13 WNET, New York
The Museum's purpose is to preserve... collect... educate... and
promote the legacy of historical Black Cinema. And our goals are:
- To collect, preserve, and interpret objects related to the African
American presence in cinema, theatre and television and, to research,
document and disseminate information on African American cinema;
- To undertake and encourage curation and research in the history,
meaning and aesthetics of African American cinema, i.e., films
- To assembly, preserve, interpret and to actively exhibit to the public
items from it's current 35,000 item collection(s);
- To promote moving image archival activities, including the preservation,
cataloging, documentation and access, through such means as meetings,
workshops, publications, and public screenings;
- To expand the museum's collection of Black-orientated cinema and
historical artifacts, such as rare movie posters and other theatrical
items relating to the history of African American cinema;
- To encourage public awareness and interest in the preservation of such
cinema as an important educational, historical, and cultural resource and;
- To guide and support public appreciation and public exhibitions of
The Dean of Black Cinema
is our hero!
and his historical groundbreaking efforts in filmmaking in early racist
Hollywood served as both the model and inspiration for our creating
the Museum of African American Cinema. Micheaux is
one of earliest and most successful Black filmmakers, who is
known as "the Dean" of Black cinema who wrote, directed,
and produced over 30 black films from 1919 to 1940.
Take a trip back in time and view vintage and rare African American
movies, old films, and movie posters at the Museum of African
American Cinema in New York, NY.
Whether you're a movie buff or a student of the role played by
African Americans throughout American media history, you'll be treated
to an experience that is as informative as it is entertaining.
From the pioneering work of such legends as Bessie Smith -- who could
only be hired to work in all Black cast films, known as race movies
-- to the major strides of accomplishments made by Spike Lee, Halle Berry,
and others today -- who can raise and command millions of dollars for their
film ventures -- you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about
African American films from beginning to present. And NO DOUBT, you'll be surprised and enlightened!
Please visit our tribute to African American Cinema in New York City, USA, --
showcased in the heartbeat of Harlem on 125th Street -- to celebrate the
rich legacy, to screen rare Black movies and old Black films from back in
the day, or tour our special nostalgic exhibits of rare Black movie memorabilia
you didn't know existed.
"There is always
somethin' going on!"