Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation

About us

PSFLF History

The Peter Spencer Family Life Foundation (PSFLF) is a community development project of the Mother African Union Church. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, incorporated in 1999. The purpose of the organization is to develop and implement specific programs that address the need to build a positive self-concept in the African American Community, particularly in the lives of children and youth. PSFLF is a resource to the community that offers innovative programs that revolve around themes of building pride, self-concept, and self-esteem both individually and as a collective community. It also develops and implements programs to enhance the quality of life

Legacy Of “Peter Spencer”

PSFLF has found some of its mission in the Peter Spencer Principles: community, hope, salvation, liberation, and self-determination. Spencer was a social justice leader two centuries ago in the early 19 th Century. He founded and incorporated the African Union Church, and the Big Quarterly Festival, which united free and enslaved African Americans in an annual solidarity event. Both were firsts in the nation, and qualitatively radical events for African Americans in the early 1800s. PSFLF also utilizes the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa to live out its mission and vision: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. Our programs started with a Kwanzaa Holiday Camp, December 27-31, 1999, followed by a Kwanzaa Summer Camp, June-August, 2000. The Peter Spencer Heritage Hallway was launched that year as well. The Ujima (collective work and responsibility) After School Program was started in 2001 to complement the summer Spencer Kwanzaa Camp. PSFLF later added the Harambee (let’s pull together) and the Imani (faith) Rites of Passage programs for boys and girls, respectively. After 12 years of the Kwanzaa Camp, we partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund in 2013 to launch what has become our flagship program, The Spencer Freedom School, which demonstrates our mission and vision. All our programs seek to engage, not only each participant/scholar served, but their family and community as well with intergenerational goals and objectives.

Members of the Board

Margaret Moore
Arthur M. Ayres, CPA
Tavon English
Rev. Delores Lee
Vice President
Rev. Dr Lawrence Livingston
Frances Livingston
Cereza Hansley
Chioma Amaka
Thelma Brown
Rev. Dr. Ronald Whitaker II
Rev. Ruben McElrath
Thyra Brumskill
Ken Livingston
Henry Smith III