The Umoja Center
Few things are more fundamental to the Black community than having a Black community.
Named after the Swahili word meaning "unity," umoja is the first principle of the Nguzo Saba and it is celebrated across the African diaspora on the first day of Kwanzaa.
Housed in the Leimert Park Village building made famous by Issa Rae's hit HBO show, Insecure, The Umoja Center is a home for Crenshaw Subway Coalition to operate our many programs and advocacy campaigns to resist gentrification and advance community wealth building.
But we’re not just establishing our physical headquarters, as noble and necessary as that may be. Recognizing the broader needs of the Black community, importance of the geographic location and rich cultural history of the space, The Umoja Center will also be an unapologetically Black, culturally-grounded meeting/event space for mission-aligned organizations, thought leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs to advance policy discussions and organizing, cooperative economics/social entrepreneurship, and artivism.
We seek to cultivate a synergistic space where conscious thought leaders and organizers in policy, business, and the arts are comfortable, safe and encouraged to come together in unity to combat the Black community’s challenges and build towards a brighter future. We look forward to The Umoja Center hosting powerful community meetings, conscious Black art exhibits and expressions, seminars, book signings, retreats, and pop-ups before the center’s beautiful Ndebele mural.