We live in a system that American Slavery built and that we are each responsible for dismantling it. A debt is owed to enslaved peoples and their descendants who gave their lives to build the economies of Northwest Arkansas through forced labor, illiteracy, and dehumanization. NWABH is led by descendants of enslaved people who work to build authentic and lasting relationships to create systemic change through education, recognition, and activation of African American resilience and survival through generations of harsh, uncompromising challenges.
NWA Black Heritage acknowledges the Osage, Caddo, and Quapaw peoples, and their elders, past, present, and future, for their ancestral stewardship of the land dating from time immemorial and upon which we now live. It is within the responsibility of our educational mission and our commitment to diversity and inclusion that we discuss the intersection of their history with ours as forced cultivators of the NWA landscape from which they were removed in the early 19th century.