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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 Martin Luther King Breakfast, Black History Month events, Christmas Bazaar, and Juneteenth Observance. The Center is also home base for the African American Veterans Project and the African American Historical Society.

Upcoming Events

1st Annual Jazz Brunch – February 24, 2019 1:00 p.m. 2120 Oregon Pike Lancaster PA 17601

Programs

             
The African American Historical Society of                                       Infamous Unstoppables
South Central Pennsylvania

       
Reunion Food Truck                                                                                 Crispus Attucks Food Bank

                 
Crispus Attucks Cafe                                                                                #DiscoveryCamp

              
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.