Founded in Oklahoma City upon the conclusion of the Ralph Ellison Centennial Celebration in 2014, the Ralph Ellison Foundation is committed to highlighting the accomplishments of the acclaimed author and to empowering the lives of others through his legacy in the areas of literacy, music, and the arts.

To accomplish these goals, the Foundation has focused recently on projects to engage both children and adults, such as creating curricula based on Ellison’s work for schools, conducting reading clinics and writing workshops, hosting community discussion forums and artistic events, establishing an annual Ralph Ellison Festival as well as sponsoring an annual gala in Ellison’s honor, and partnering with other local organizations to support their efforts in promoting the kinds of cultural awareness and cooperation that bridge ethnic and demographic divides.

The Foundation also envisions long-term goals of establishing a multicultural center in Oklahoma City as well as honoring Ellison with a birthplace marker and statue. We plan to develop additional initiatives to help raise the profile of Oklahoma’s most significant literary contribution to the world and to further good works in his name in the areas of education, community development, artistic programming, and the pursuit of positive social change.

We're happy you found our website! The short video below describes our work and several of our current projects in more detail. We hope you'll join us in our efforts as we continue to grow and expand our vision!