In 1935, a local group of young African American men organized and formed The Young Men’s Club. This group, with the support of the Sewickley Valley Ministerial Association and a group of prominent local citizens, joined together and established the Sewickley Colored Community Center. On February 1, 1937, the SCCC, which was meeting temporarily at the Triumph Baptist Church, opened its doors for registration and recreational programs.
For decades “the Center” served as the focal point for the African American community offering instructional and recreational athletics, martial arts training, crafts, a bridge club, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and an early childhood education and development programs; as well as social gatherings and activities including parties, bus trips, a bowling league, the annual “Come on Home” reunion, and performances by Diana Ross and the Supremes, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, and other headliners from the Motown Era.
Today the Sewickley Community Center is a culturally all-inclusive community resource that continues to serve the children and families of Sewickley and the surrounding areas, where we look at our past as inspiration for the future.
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