Our Vision: Inspire, engage, and educate a society where all people thrive contribute.
Our Mission: The mission of the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) is to develop the next generation of leaders by recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of extraordinary African American elders--Visionaries—who have transcended barriers, shaped American history, and influenced the world through the rich African American tradition of social change.
Our Overview: NVLP has recorded and preserved more than 330 high-quality professional video interviews with extraordinary African-American elders, age 70 and older, through its Oral History Archive, housed in the U.S Library of Congress and available through the NVLP website. This amazing collection of conversations shows the elders significant triumphs achieved; personal and historic struggles overcome; and their breakthroughs that paved the way for us all. The Oral History Archive is the heart and soul of NVLP. It serves as both a tool and methodology, enabling us to impact schools and communities. Since our founding in 2001, we have witnessed the power of stories to change the lives of the leaders of tomorrow.
- The Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America, held at the Library of Congress, brought together students and NVLP’s Visionaries in the humanities, arts and sciences for an awards program and lively discussion of contemporary issues.
- The Wisdom Awards Celebration honored Visionaries in the Performing Arts with tribute performances by young protégés.