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Governor Announces $16 Million Investment in African American History

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Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday released the final report from the New York State Commission on African American History and announced $16 million to support the development and implementation of recommendations from the report.

The first-of-its-kind report details the Commission’s policy recommendations for investment in key areas such as education, community and economic development, arts and culture, and more. The goal of the report is to commemorate overlooked achievements from the past and offer actions that the State can advance to counterbalance historic disparities in the Black community.

Established by Executive Order 15 in March 2022, the New York State Commission on African American History is housed at the Department of State and serves to highlight contributions by Africans and African Americans to the United States and New York. Over the course of two years, the Commission achieved its objective by partnering with stakeholders and community-based organizations to bring New Yorkers together through public meetings, events, cultural programming, and more.  

Over the next two years, Governor Hochul will use this funding to advance recommendations made by the Commission in observance of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 11 captured Africans brought to New Amesterdam for purchase in New York State, occurring in 2026.

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