WEST ALABAMA MULTICULTURAL ALLIANCE (WAMA)
is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization created to acknowledge the richly diverse cultural heritage of people of color throughout West Alabama.
About West Alabama Multicultural Alliance
This organization shall be:
A 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Alabama. WAMA seeks to develop a community, where people of all ethnic backgrounds are celebrated and respected for their unique heritage and contributions made in West Alabama.
An organization engages in work that
Fosters historical awareness of ethnic heritages
Supports education, health & wellness, and financial literacy
Supports science, technology, engineering, and math
Supports the promotion of music and the arts
Supports the education of people on their political rights and responsibilities
Building Communities Through Multiple Cultures and Diverse Groups
WAMA defines the term culture as a group or community which
shares common experiences that develop the way its members
understand the world. This includes groups that we are born into
relating to race, religion, class, national origin, or gender. A culture can also
include an interest group we become part of.
The Importance of Culture
WAMA believes culture influences people views, values, loyalties, hopes,
fears, and dreams. It is a strong part of their everyday lives.
When building relationships with individuals, it helps to have some informative
insight and understanding of their culture.
Community Builders and Understanding Culture
WAMA believes that society is becoming increasingly diverse and
includes people of many languages, religions, ethnicities and economic
In order to build communities that are successful, we need to understand and
appreciate many cultures, establish relationships with individuals from cultures
other than our own, and build strong alliances with different cultural groups.
Envisioning A Better Cultural Community
WAMA envisions an ideal diverse community, set up to foster a
diverse environment. Individually and together we can contribute to the type of
communities we dream of in the future.
In our families, organizations, institutions, and neighborhoods, we do not have
to isolate ourselves from those who are different from us. We can transform
our community to be a better place to live.