The San Jose, the Capital of the Silicon Valley, has always been known for its diversity
and cultural crossroads. Historically, African Americans have forefront in civic works,
education and technological development in the Silicon Valley. It is because of this
cultural richness that created a need for a central location for cultural preservation
in the Valley.
The Cultural Center Project is a joint venture between the African-American Community
Services Agency, (A.A.C.S.A.) and the Antioch Housing and Economic Development Corporation,
(A.H.E.D.C.), of Antioch Baptist Church. These two organizations have partnered to develop
the only Cultural Center of its kind in the Silicon Valley.
The Antioch Housing and Economic Development Corporation purpose is to identify and develop
programs and projects that serve people with diverse needs such as affordable housing,
education, healthcare services and youth/senior services. Based on the recommendation of
then Senior Pastor, Dr. J. Alfred Smith Jr., the AHEDC's 501©3 was established as a community
development corporation after its approval by its founding arm, Antioch Baptist Church in
The 501(c) (3) corporation is an umbrella faith-based corporation, directed by the Church. A
feasibility study of the church membership was done and the surrounding community was canvassing
to determine the need for the church to render community and/or economic development services
to the African American community and the greater San Jose area.
For more information visit: http://www.ahedc.org/
The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) was founded in 1978-is one of the only
African American cultural centers in the Silicon Valley. Our mission-providing quality educational,
cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and
strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life-is
at the heart of all programs. AACSA's membership is open to everyone, regardless of race,
religion, age or disability. The Agency's diverse activities and services offer a natural gateway
to African American life.
For over 30 years, the African American Community Service Agency has served our community and
provided programs and services that touch the lives of roughly 200,000 people every year. Starting
with our youngest members and reaching out to seniors, there are activities, programs and special
events as diverse as the people we serve.
Additionally, the AACSA serves as the fiscal agent for the combined efforts of the AACC project.
For more information visit: http://www.sjaacsa.org