The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation is an organization comprised of concerned citizens from New Jersey, some of whom 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 have held fundraisers, a T. Thomas Fortune Symposium, a few “People Speak” events, Fortune birthday celebrations and made many school and public library presentations. We are grateful for all the support we have received, and we are proud to announce the opening of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in 2018.
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. This is 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.
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
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;
PROMOTE better human relations and journalistic integrity 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 civil rights and social justice legacy
of T. Thomas Fortune through community outreach, education and public programming.