Sandhills Family Heritage Association – North Carolina

Among the first African American organizations in the U.S.A. to undertake land conservation and community development, Sandhills FHA began as a personal quest by its founder to rediscover her cultural roots in the area. This quest inspired the return of African Americans who had lost their land during the last century because of segregation laws and other discriminatory practices.  Championing a revitalization of African American connection to the land through ownership and control, the association provides programs and services to build economic self-sufficiency and to preserve the natural and cultural resources of African American families in the region. Community members work together to list the positive attributes that could set the stage for future growth, including natural, cultural, historical and resource-based assets. It is an inclusive process that helps develop an environmental management plan and other initiatives to promote sustainable development. Download 162K PDF

Click here for a transcript from the May 1 webinar (33K PDF).

Ammie Jenkins, Executive Director of the Sandhills Family Heritage Association, credits the elders of her community for the organization's success.