A Living Legacy for African Culture in Atlanta
Atlanta is widely regarded in America as the capital of Black culture, as our city is the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and home to institutions dedicated to understanding and dismantling systemic injustice.
On the Westside, one museum is working hard to ensure that the roots of African culture are not forgotten: the Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum.
“I’m carrying on the legacy that my mother Dr. Narvie Puls started back in 1994,” said Kevin Williams, museum director. “She was a public school teacher for Atlanta Public Schools, and she really wanted to make sure that the true story was being told about African-American history.”
After a 35-year career as an educator, Dr. Puls founded the Omenala Griot Afrocentric Museum to provide a teaching and research facility that uplifts African history and culture through diasporic artifacts, artwork and historical literature. The museum also serves as a destination for interactive group and community discussions as well as special events.
Williams hopes that the museum he calls Atlanta’s best kept secret won’t be a secret for much longer.
“I work from volunteerism. I really need people to come and give me a hand. The Westside Future Fund has provided a tremendous amount of help,” said Williams. “I welcome all who want to serve, and they came in and did a great job sprucing up the place. I am so grateful for Westside Future Fund.”
Drop in for a tour of African history and make a donation to help sustain the beauty of the space: www.omenalagriot.com/donate