Educate. Empower. Support. 

 

Empowering Youth and families to Reach Their Full Potential

Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health; and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.

Crispus Attucks sponsors community-wide cultural events, including Lancaster’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Black History Month events, and the Juneteenth Celebration. The Center is also home base for the African American Veterans Project and the African American Historical Society.

Upcoming Events

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

MEN WHO COOK
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

SPEAKER SERIES KICK-OFF
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7-8 p.m.
Crispus Attucks Community Center

9th ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
Friday, June 14, 2019 Shotgun at 1 p.m.
Four Seasons Golf Course

Programs

             
The African American Historical Society of                                        Infamous Unstoppables
South Central Pennsylvania

       
Reunion Food Truck                                                                            Crispus Attucks Food Bank

               
Crispus Attucks Cafe                                                                              Jackson, Polite, Ford Youth Leadership Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strings Ensemble

History

The origins of the Crispus Attucks Community Center are found in the decade after World War I when local veterans returned to a society that was profoundly segregated along racial lines. Lancaster County’s African-American population, due in large part to discrimination and segregation in all aspects of County life, had declined by 30% from a pre-Civil War high of 3,600. A recently arrived pastor at Lancaster City’s Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rev. F.M. Webster, conceived the idea of a “Negro Civic League” to promote the interests of local Blacks in the social, economic, and political arenas. Civic Leagues existed in other states of the Union and Lancaster had a pressing need for what, in today’s terms would be considered a civil rights organization. For the full history, click here.