Understanding the importance of having a positive perception of who you are, where you’ve come from and your place in this world can be attributed to a strong sense of belonging. What happens when a child is not exposed to their own historical richness and the strength of the shoulders they stand upon? A void of this nature has severe effects and can be felt for generations. It was that very concern that compelled a grandmother to take on a problem she felt had been neglected far too long.
After visiting the elementary schools of her grandchildren and seeing the lack of Black history being discussed, shown and more importantly taught within their classrooms. Asale Kimaada, picked up the torch and set out to bring as much exposure to the accomplishments and the journey of African American people here in the United States as she possibly could. Not long after she became the founder of Grandmothers Who Help (GWH), a nonprofit 501c(3) organization.
It has now been over 23 years since GWH first brought its Black History presentation to the very first classroom. Our mission is “To build upon the legacies, triumphs and accomplishments of African American people, both past and present to inspire, encourage, educate and transform the presence of prejudice and racial divide into a promise of unity and hope." In doing so we are planting the seed of self-value, while creating a platform where both African American history and emerging technologies can be used to help prepare African American youth for the 21st century’s competitive environment.