THE AFRICAN CULTURAL & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ACDA)
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most,that has made it possible for evil to triumph. – Haile Selassie
ACDA was founded on 17 December 1992 by Afro-centric Guyanese who were dedicated to the cause of nurturing African culture and creating an economically viable and prosperous African community.
The organization is open to membership to anyone who is of African descent regardless of religious or political affiliation. ACDA embraces the idea of both tradition and change as necessary elements in sustaining a vibrant African culture in Guyana.
Politically, ACDA’s founding Charter has supported the idea of shared governance from its very inception. ACDA is resolutely committed to a just multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-party society in which every citizen is equal before the Law and in which every citizen enjoys freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion and the right to life, freedom, privacy and safety.
ACDA believes shared governance is a fundamental human right of all Guyanese and a necessary requirement for a peaceful, prosperous and vibrant Guyanese society.
Economically, ACDA believes Africans should pursue their own economic self determination and should embody economic development through cultural strength.
Culturally, ACDA always highlights that African culture is far more than its artistic expressions or its “cultural products”—-literature, music, dance, art, sculpture, theatre, film and sport. This is because ACDA sees culture as central to one’s identity. Culture therefore is about shared patterns of identity, symbolic expressions of that common identity and common aspirations.
ACDA celebrates all key national and international events on the African calendar. The organization celebrates Kwanzaa from December 26 to January 1, Black History Month throughout February, Emancipation Day on 1 August, African Holocaust Day on 12 October and the birthdays of key Africans such as Marcus Garvey.
ACDA is a registered non-for-profit organization in Guyana. It runs a remedial school, provides social and cultural support to Africans, has many village groups, many weekly cultural activities and has established a nursery & primary school.