Founded in the summer of 2020, during a period of tremendous social turmoil that imbued a painful and negative atmosphere among the black diaspora, we saw a need to establish an organization that will give our community something to come together and celebrate.  That is who we are and what we are about.  An organization that reminds us of the beauty of our humanity and the vibrancy of our community.  Come join us on our journey to build community, express our culture and celebrate our heritage.    

 

 

We cried, marched, protested and expressed our outrage for the pain and despair that we were feeling.  But in the midst of all the pain and despair, it is important that we make the effort to recenter our community in a way that validates our humanity, uplifts our spirits, reaffirms the beauty that flows through our creativity and proclaims to ourselves and the world that we are valued and loved just for being who we are. 

AACAF was founded by Andy Morgan in the summer of 2020 with the goal of providing inspiration and positivity to our community during a period when the African American community at large was experiencing tremendous turmoil, anger and despair.  

Andy is the principal and founding attorney of The Morgan Law Group, PC, which is a law firm based in Lawrenceville, Georgia that provides business law, real estate and trust and estate advice and representation.  

Andy has practiced business law for over 25 years.  He is a member of the Georgia and New York State Bars.  He began his law career as an associate at a prominent New York based law firm where he practiced in the areas of initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights, private placements and joint ventures.  He then served as general counsel to a privately owned oil company, where he was a member of the executive team that ultimately arranged the sale of the business to a major US oil company.  

Although 2020 was a difficult year for our nation, with the devastation caused by the pandemic, it was particularly difficult for the African American community.  As a community, we witnessed video broadcasts of the murder of young men and women at the hands of law enforcement (as in the case of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor) and civilian white men acting with the privileged belief that they have the right to take the law into their own hands (in the case of Ahmaud Arbery).  These events were vivid reminders of the historic racist attitudes that continue to pervade American culture and the outward expression by the dominant culture that black lives can be snuffed out without regard because they have no value.  

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Andy has served as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau in New York City and as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which is a federal agency that regulates broker dealer activities.  Andy also served for over eight years in the military as a soldier in the ordinance branch of the United States Army Reserve.

Andy is also actively engaged in the community, having served on the Board of Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity, on the Board of the Gwinnet Chamber of Commerce, as an Area Manager for the Gwinnett County Board of Elections, as a Volunteer Attorney on occasion for the Gwinnett Legal Aid Society, and as a youth soccer coach.

Andy received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union School of Engineering in New York and a law degree from The New York University School of Law.  He is also a graduate of the Empire State Military Academy and Leadership Gwinnett.

Mission

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the public charitable purpose of conducting events and hosting activities that showcase African American culture and arts, providing venues for the expression of African American culture and arts, educating the public about African American culture and arts, and providing scholarships and funding for research, display, creation and education concerning African American culture and arts. 

Vision

 AACAF was formed with the goal of providing inspiration and positivity to our community during a period when the African American community at large was experiencing tremendous turmoil, anger and despair.  We must continue to march, protest and do all that is necessary to set things right, but we must also set aside time and opportunities to replenish our spirits, celebrate our culture, reaffirm our value and self-worth and strengthen our resolve.  We intend to be that replenishing resource to our community and others through our various programs and activities.  

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