About Family Freedom Center

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Mission: Family Freedom Center seeks to empower the Black community by reconstructing socio-cultural narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black, both historically and present day. Family Freedom Center will do this by facilitating culturally specific and inclusive spaces aimed to engage, empower, and educate community members in Duluth and the broader Twin Ports area.


In practice, Family Freedom Center works to meet this mission with community allies. This began with our inception in 2015 as Family Freedom Schools, a program within Community Action Duluth. In 2018 Family Freedom Center was awarded our 501(c)3 status. We continue to build cultural resilience and deliver relevant programs that address structural racism and aspects of internalized oppression that affect Black families in Duluth. Family Freedom Center Founder Xavier Bell, who passed away in Fall of 2019, built this programming on 4 pillars.


  1. Develop Family Self Sufficiency 

  2. Economic development though micro-business 

  3. Youth and family education

  4. Trainings on race & poverty (Racial Awareness Workshops, called RAW)


In Summer of 2021, Jacob Aaron Bell took over as executive director and continues to guide the organization according to the foundational principles of X and the board of directors. FFC continues to rise as we promote Black excellence and work towards goals that surpass the dreams of our elders.