NRMHA Celebrates

Grand Opening

of

African American Cultural Resource Center

November 16th, 2017,  3 PM

345 Main Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

The Opening marks the culmination of a lengthy process that began with the revitalizing of the NRMHA properties located at 345 and 361 Main Street. The concept of the library was visualized when residents, staff and Board Members of the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority (NRMHA) attended a private viewing of the movie “Hidden Figures”. It was from this experience that the Library concept became a reality.

Quote from Chairperson – Sheila Small – “The movie tells a story so profound, moving, and significant, that it inspired us to take action to uncover the numerous stories yet to be discovered and told in African American history, for positive development, inspiration and self-improvement. The concept of the cultural resource center was born for that very purpose—to provide a venue for comprehensive, services, events, activities, seminars, lectures, etc., that will encourage self-awareness, enlightenment, and empowerment”.

Quote from Interim Director Angela Farrish stated: “I believe it is a first of its kind project in public housing. This project will allow the NRMHA an opportunity to strengthen its reputation as an innovative leader in our community. It will also allow our resident children and adults to become life-long learners in a space that is conducive to learning”.

The Library and Resource Center would capture the NRMHA member’s vision of creating a foundation for learning and ensure that the contributions of African Americans, past, present and future will be shared, promoted, researched and developed through books, speakers, films and other medias. Through a partnership with the City of New Rochelle “My Brother’s Keeper – Community Reads Program”, shelving was donated to house the books and literature that will be available for residents of the Authority and the community at large.

The Library and Resource Center would capture the NRMHA member’s vision of creating a foundation for learning and ensure that the contributions of African Americans, past, present and future will be shared, promoted, researched and developed through books, speakers, films and other medias. Through a partnership with the City of New Rochelle “My Brother’s Keeper – Community Reads Program”, shelving was donated to house the books and literature that will be available for residents of the Authority and the community at large.

The opening of the Cultural Library and Resource Center will give NRMHA Residents the chance to take a giant leap toward their future, and provide access to resources not readily available in their community. The African American Cultural Library and Resource Center will be a great benefit to the entire community, especially to its children.

Charles Morgan, Family Service Coordinator, stated: “At that time, no one knew the impact this movie would have on the attendees; today that story has developed the vision for the creation and opening of this wonderful cultural center”.

This Grand Opening signals the progress that the community has made and what’s to come. It is through education that we truly have a chance to make the world a better place.

About NRMHA
The mission of the NRMHA is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents of New Rochelle. The NRMHA works to create and sustain viable neighborhoods where residents can grow and prosper.

About Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.