AKRON – The Akron Rites of Passage Institute (AROPI) offers programs to help the African American community break away from a developmental stage in life. A council of elders offers wisdom and resources.
The organization recently launched a capital campaign to fund its Legacy Building Project. This $ 5 million project includes building a multifunctional center for AROPI’s headquarters; Offer training; Hosting community meetings, workshops, and other special events; and house a museum highlighting Akron’s African American history and culture, as well as a state-of-the-art library with a technology and resource center, bookstore, and community garden.
âWe have left a legacy of poverty, debt, and death for so long,â said Elder Kwabena Terrence Shelton, co-chair of AROPI’s Building & Land Acquisition Task Force. âIt is time we break this cycle and leave a legacy of hope, opportunity and life. As elders, we have a responsibility to pass on our history, culture and traditions to our families and our communities. “
Shelton can be seen below at the Vernon Odom Branch Library during a campaign launch on September 28th.
Shown above at this event: Shelton, Summit County Council member Veronica Sims (D District 5), Ednah Borders, “Ama” Beverly Woolridge, and State Rep. Vernon Sykes (D District 28).
AROPI briefings on the project, with the original goal of raising $ 300,000 by February 1, will include: November 13, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at Patterson Park Community Center, 800 Patterson Ave. in North Hill; November 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier St .; December 12th and 12th from 2pm to 3:30 pm at Akron / Summit Main Library, 60 S. High St. in Downtown Akron.
Tax-deductible donations payable by check to AROPI with Legacy Building Project on the memo line can be mailed to: Akron Rites of Passage Institute, PO Box 22315, Akron, OH 44302; via PayPal at [email protected]; or CashApp at $ AKRONROPI.
To learn more about the project, contact Shelton at 330-573-2774 or email [email protected]
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