Founded in 1972, the Givens Foundation for African American Literature‘s mission is to enrich cultural awareness and learning through programs that promote and celebrate African American literature and writers.
Each year, we serve nearly 8,000 students, educators, readers, and writers through four programs:
The mission and programs of The Given Foundation also collaborate with the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature located at the Elmer L. Andersen Special Collections Library at the Unviersity of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This collection contains more than 18,000 African American literary works and cultural objects dating from the late 18th century to the present.
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