WHO WE ARE
NAANHTA is a National Group of African American Volunteer Community Advocates. The brainchild of Dr. Wrdaa Amkar, Architect, we were formed in 2016 by three native senior residents of the District of Columbia who for the past 40-50 years has been engaged locally and nationally in social and political activism advocating on behalf of the Black community including fighting in D.C. against Urban Renewal often called Negro Removal during the 60's, 70's, and 80's; while advocating, adjudicating and educating tirelessly during the installation of the D.C. Control Board, the administration of Mayor Anthony Williams and the past 28 years of D.C.'s "Gentrification."
“Preserving our contributions to American history and restoring our culture by combating gentrification and forced amalgamation” - RBNP
Working under centralized authority of the National Resource Center, our goal is to form active homeowner and tenant social groups among the residents of all African American neighborhoods nationwide, and to work together to instill a sense of self empowerment in one another through community advocacy, without great expectations of pecuniary profits or excessive personal gain.
At NAANHTA we intend to share a core set of values that will give each resident of every African American community the tools to self governance through public advocacy; local grass roots organizing; local, regional, and national networking; centralized training, certification and oversight.
In an effort to resist stakeholding, to preserve, rehabilitate, renovate, and restore our cultural heritage and the integrity of our historic contributions to America we are seeking to self empower the Black community so that its African American homeowners and tenants can stand and work together to advocate and secure the rights and interest of the indigenous population by being an official voice for all matters that affect the Black communities including but not limited to: maintenance and repairs of public space; the design and use of common public areas; coordinating, planning and providing citizen based participation and leadership with all levels of government including legislators, administrators, agencies, commissions and authorities; in the economic, developmental, architectural, structural and environmental future of the Black community. Also to preserve the open spaces, parks, local forest and wildlife within and adjacent to our neighborhoods.
"First you come into the hood,
Acting like you mean me some good.
Then change my world to yours as if you should,
And make my life yours if you could."
c 1998 by Ahmed Assalaam
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