Advancing The Research was founded in 1993 to specialize in pioneering historical research in Africana Studies.

Our Mission

Advancing The Research (ATR) is dedicated to promoting the empowerment of indigenous people and urban communities through the preservation of artifacts and historical archeological sites, and appreciation of African and African diaspora culture and history. ATR conducts first-hand research in Africana Studies and provides the public with practical knowledge of African contributions to the world.

Our Vision

Advancing The Research will become a recognized world leader in providing new insights about African historical contributions in the arts and sciences, and humanities. We will become a leading source of cutting-edge historical research in Africana Studies and the contemporary relevance of this field of study.

Our Values

Advancing The Research will become a recognized world leader in providing new insights about African historical contributions in the arts and sciences, and humanities. We will become a leading source of cutting-edge historical research in Africana Studies and the contemporary relevance of this field of study.

We are guided by the following values:

  • Accuracy: We are committed to rigorous first-hand research and analysis, providing accurate information, and basing our work in the best available evidence.
  • Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the general public, our students, partner organizations, and financial supporters, to act in accordance with our mission.
  • Commitment: We seek to maintain a strong organization that is consistent, reliable, and a trusted source of historical information about Africa and the African Diaspora.
  • Courage: We recognize and accept the responsibility to act on our mission even under difficult circumstances, and to openly confront topics and issues that provide challenges to our work.
  • Creativity: We seek new and imaginative ways to maximize our local and international effectiveness.
  • Excellence: We seek to produce research materials that represent the highest level of scholarship.
  • Integrity: We conduct our work honestly, keep our commitments, and expect others we work with to do the same.

The mission of today is based on the developments of the past, and our vision of tomorrow is based on the work of today.” – Manu Ampim

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