The Apprend Foundation, formed in 2005, is a 501-c3 educational organization. It has grown out of the Thomas Day Education Project (TDEP). TDEP is a service project which has been affiliated with: the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Central University Foundation, and other sponsoring organizations. TDEP and subsequently the Apprend Foundation have been awarded grant funding principally from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) since 1997. Additional supplemental funding comes from other state and national sources, such as: the North Carolina Humanities Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Preyer Family Foundation, and the R. J. Reynolds Foundation.


The Apprend Foundation aims to disseminate knowledge and to advance research in African American history and culture, as well as, to disseminate knowledge of other marginalized groups. Our focus is primarily on the history and culture of the southeastern United States.

Through partnerships with schools, universities, museums, historic sites, art and performing art organizations, as well as through collaborations with outstanding scholars and experienced educators, the foundation develops and implements programs for K-12 educators and the general public. We also develop high-quality materials and media on historical and cultural subjects that have major social political and cultural implications in the 21st century. We believe that an in-depth understanding of the role race has played in American history is key to developing the cross-cultural competencies needed to function knowledgeably and effectively within our diverse society.

We also believe that knowledge of the role race has played historically and still plays in American life is a necessary condition for the elimination of systemic racism which continues to undermine the criminal justice system, the educational system and other institutions.

All content (c) 2009 by the Apprend Foundation.