YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Black History Month: Meaningful and Lasting Change

The first YMCA for African Americans was founded by Anthony Bowen in Washington, D.C. in 1853. Bowen, born into slavery in 1809, moved to Washington in 1826 as a free man. He was inspired by the work the Y was doing and wanted to help establish one for his own people. When Bowen founded the […]