“BACK TO AFRICA” –PETER O’NEAL FINDS PEACE IN THE MOTHERLAND!-FROM uaacchabari.co.tz

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http://www.uaacc.habari.co.tz/history2.htm

In 1972 Peter and Charlotte O’Neal came to Tanzania . They became African American pioneers in their Ancestral homeland learning to live on the land…

Pete O’Neal founded the United African American Community
Center UAACC, a non-profit community based NGO, in 1991 for the purpose of providing programs and projects for the
enrichment of the Arusha community, both urban and
rural and also to promote closer cultural ties to communities in America and around the world

A Glimpse into UAACC!Living a Life of Promise and Community in Imbaseni Village

Pete O’Neal founded the United African American Community
Center UAACC, a non-profit community based NGO, in 1991 for the purpose of providing programs and projects for the
enrichment of the Arusha community, both urban and
rural and also to promote closer cultural ties to communities in America and around the world.
The name was later amended toUnited African Alliance Community Centerto better reflect the more global focus of the center’s concentration and outreach.

Beginnings of the Tanzania Experience…1972 onwards!


Pete and Charlotte with their children Malcolm and Stormy Ann during the early days in Arusha, Tanzania

In 1972 Pete and Charlotte came to Tanzania. They became African American pioneers in their ancestral homeland, and built their homestead on the slopes of Mt. Meru in Imbaseni, a rural village in the heart of the traditional homeland of the Wameru tribe.-


Charlotte learned how to milk cows and make cheese, yogurt and butter!


Pete learned how to plant and harvest in the early days!


First days in Imbaseni Village when buffalo would sometimes bang on the sisal pole fence!

From the very beginning…It was always a family effort!

 Pete and Malcolm learned how to make stabilized soil bricks using a Cinvaram machine when building our first house in Imbaseni..

Stormy did chores like carrying the milk.

Pete and Malcolm added to the family coffers by hunting.

UAACC is based in Imbaseni Village in the heart of Wameru homeland outside of Arusha, Tanzania. We are situated between two majestic mountains…Mt. Kilimanjaro , the tallest mountain in Africa and Mt. Meru, the third tallest!

It’s a place of serenity, beauty and joy!

Click here to see more scenes at UAACC

And yes…it’s a long way from Kansas City!!

The late 60’s saw a tremendous upsurge of self determination and community control in inner cities throughout America. The Black Panther Party was a prime example of unity and shared purpose as evidenced in the many community programs initiated by the BPP such as the Free Breakfast for Children and Free Health Clinics.

Pete and Charlotte are proud to have been a part of that historic chapter of American history, Pete as founder and Chairman of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Charlotte also as a member.

“Our present day community outreach service continues to be informed by our time as Black Panthers,’” Bro Pete acknowledges. “Our work is truly a continuation of the work we did as members of the Black Panther Party!”

Click here for more Black Panther Party history

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