The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, is a group of concerned citizens from New Jersey, who have been working together since 2008 to bring awareness to the plight of the T. Thomas Fortune House, a National Historic Landmark, located at 94 Drs. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank, New Jersey. Over the years, we held fundraisers, a T. Thomas Fortune Symposium, a few “People Speak” events, Fortune birthday celebrations and made many school and public library presentations. We’re grateful for all the support and proud to announce that the home will open as the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in 2018.
National Afro American Business & Investment Co.
T. Thomas Fortune (far right) seated with the members of the National Afro American Business and Investment Co., which was created so African Americans could purchase homes. That’s how Fortune purchased the home in Red Bank for $4,000.
T. Thomas Fortune Symposium
IN MEMORY of LES PAYNE
The T. Thomas Fortune Symposium at Brookdale Community College, in 2013, with our guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Les Payne.
Lehman Lecture Series
Building developer, Roger Mumford and Gilda Rogers, present at the Lehman Lecture Series at the prestigious Morristown-Beard School. (L-R) Roger Mumford, Emily Lehman Smith, Gilda Rogers, Peter Caldwell and Gail Lehman Harty
The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation was established as a nonprofit corporation to:
EDUCATE the public about the impact of T. Thomas Fortune’s life and work as a journalist, writer, civil rights activist and African American history;
ADVOCATE for human rights and social justice broadly and in response to local, regional and national issues of the day, and on behalf of current economic and human rights issues impacting education and communities;
PROMOTE better human relations and journalistic integrity and excellence, especially among the upcoming generations of social justice advocates and truth tellers;
PRESERVE the National Historic Landmark, home of T. Thomas Fortune, as a Cultural Center and gathering place for education, research, community engagement, organizing and celebration and;
MAINTAIN the Cultural Center through fundraising, to sustain its operation as manager, providing exhibits, research and meeting space for educational programming.
The mission of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation is to preserve and further
the civil rights and social justice legacy
of T. Thomas Fortune through community outreach, education and public programming.