African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African-American Community

African-American Advancement

"And so, we cannot forget our history. We cannot forget where we came from. We cannot forget that the work is not yet done, not as long as there are kids in America who do not have that promise in their heart." Colin Powell

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP:  The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
  • National Urban League: The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.
  • Volunteers for Peace: VFP promotes International Voluntary Service as an effective means of intercultural education and community service. We provide programs where people from diverse backgrounds can work together to help overcome the need, violence and environmental decay facing our planet. Workcamps are truly the microcosm of a world where nations join together giving priority to improving life for humanity. They are a practical way to both prevent and resolve conflict. By participating in a workcamp, you’ll help sow the seeds of peace. We hope that you will join us in this effort! 
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Comment from AAL member:

  • "I am passionate about promoting world languages in the African-American community.  As a product of a low-income housing project, I have experienced firsthand the effects of the lack of motivation and exposure to the world and its many cultures.  It is our duty to go into African-American communities and teach our people about the world in which we live.  I am definitely an educator that will take this role seriously." Tamara Hughes, NC
  • "It is important to speak multiple languages. With black people inhabiting so many different countries and speaking so many different languages, it is necessary for African-Americans to reach out.  An attempt must be made to communicate and affiliate with not only blacks, but people of varying ethnicities to learn from them as well as to offer one's own strengths and experiences in order to ultimately become more unified." Mandisha Matthews, CA