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BFL’s mission is to plan and establish social, cultural, artistic, youth, economic, housing, educational programs that help to promote positive and innovative changes within the metropolitan St. Louis area. Much of BFL’s programming is geared toward people who are unemployed, underemployed, disadvantaged and skill-deficient.

BFL’s vision, in partnership with viable stakeholders, is to enlighten and empower people to develop vibrant communities and enhance the capabilities of its residents. Central to this vision is The Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center, which serves as the central hub of community gathering, learning, research, affordable housing and community development, entrepreneurial development and new business enterprise, vibrant neighborhoods, workforce development towards self-sufficiency and civic activism.

Malik Ahmed founded Better Family Life in February 1983. The 5 pillars that support the developmental thrust of BFL are Community Outreach, Cultural Arts, Housing and Asset Development, Youth, Family and Clinical Services and Workforce Development. BFL’s signature annual events include “BLACK DANCE: USA – A Celebration in Movement”, Family Week, The Unity Ball, and the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo.

Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan or Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa, that represent concepts or aphorisms (adage, axiom, saying, proverb). The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment.

Better Family Life’s Logo incorporates two symbols: the Bi Nka Bi: “No one should bite the other” a symbol of peace and harmony that cautions against provocation and strife; and the Gye Nya me: “Except for God,” a symbol acknowledging the supremacy of one God.

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