Honoring the legacy of people of color,
Celebrating our diverse heritage,
Advancing the cultures of all people.
I. Freedom through Faith and Knowledge
The Black church and other faith assemblies have been at the core of the freedom movement since the mid 1800’s. Church provided opportunities to gather, and congregations throughout Orange County, black and white, have inspired and perpetuated the freedom movement. Schools for African-American children, often connected with churches, also were part of the freedom movement, beginning in the late 1800’s, in the midst of a segregated society. In 1968, Orange County schools became fully integrated.
II. Freedom through the Vote
The rights of African-American as provided by the 15th Amendment; suffrage and the passage of the 1965 Voters Rights Act; people of color in government.
III. Freedom through Business and Agriculture
Minority-owned businesses and farms; the resurgence of African-American enterprises; diversity in the economic landscape.