While We Are Still Here is a 501(c)(3) organization that includes long-term residents of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue—the average number of years of residence is thirty. Non-resident members are interested in helping to preserve the grand history of these important sites.
WWSH was formed as a response to the threat that each building’s history would be lost and gone forever, partially due to the passing of time, and partially due to “gentrification,” which is rapidly altering the environment.
While We Are Still Here (WWSH) will educate, enshrine and preserve the extraordinary legacy of Harlem as an influential incubator that was vital to the intellectual, cultural, social, and political advancements of the Harlem community as well as the African Diaspora.
While We Are Still Here ensures that the “post-gentrification” community of Harlem and beyond will honor and find a meaningful connection to the legacy of African American achievement, and its paramount importance to world culture.
“…[H]eritage in all its forms must be preserved, enhanced, and handed on to future generations as a record of human experience and aspirations, so as to foster creativity in all its diversity and to inspire genuine dialogue among cultures.”
—From the United Nations’ Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and Creativity, Article 7
While We Are Still Here is proud to be a partner of:
National Trust for Historic Preservation African American Cultural
Heritage Action Fund
Broadway Housing Communities
i, too, collective (defunct)
Teachers College Harlem Education History Project
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture