Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Immigration (1930-Present)

AFRICOM Meeting

photograph of the first AFRICOM meeting

The first meeting of the Coalition of African Communities in Philadelphia (AFRICOM) was held in 2001 at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

In 2001, fifteen organizations that represented the growing African immigrant population around Greater Philadelphia connected to form the Coalition of African Communities in Philadelphia (AFRICOM). The first general AFRICOM meeting, pictured here, was held at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in May 2001. As a Pan-African organization, AFRICOM has served as a forum for building stronger, healthier relationships and resolving disputes among the region’s diverse African, Caribbean, and African American communities. The organization hosts an annual health fair and soccer tournament, runs cooking classes, and supports its various member organizations and their community and transnational projects. More than forty-five organizations and many individuals have been a part of AFRICOM’s local initiatives since 2001.

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