Amadou Diallo Foundation, Inc.  
Our mission is to promote racial healing and enhance police/community relations and to provide academic scholarships to students of African descent.

David DinkinsA Letter from
our Chair

Dear Friend,

I have been arrested twice in my life – once in 1984 and once in 1999.

Not as a rebellious teenager or a 20-something street hustler. Not because I was a thief or a murderer. The first time I was protesting Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment. The second time the wrongful killing of a 23-year-old man in New York City.

It has been 15 years since February 4th, 1999 when the world’s spotlight was on 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Bronx where the NYPD shot an innocent, unarmed Amadou Diallo 41 times in the vestibule of his apartment building.

Fifty-four days later, outside of Police Headquarters in lower Manhattan, I was charged with disorderly conduct for protesting that inconceivable crime. I wasn’t alone. Rallies and protests were frequent and ongoing. Prayer vigils were held and candles were lit. Other politicians, celebrities and public figures came out in droves contributing their voices to the community’s, which was one of outrage and disbelief. 

The community’s love rallied around a mother, and a mother’s love rallied around the legacy of her child.

When Kadiatou asked me to Chair the foundation formed in her son’s name, I was honored.

The Foundation’s mission embraces Amadou’s humanitarian spirit and the academic dreams he held for his life, while also remaining committed to finding proactive, collaborative solutions to remedy and eradicate the social and systemic issues that resulted in his death.

It is with great enthusiasm that I write this note to you introducing The Amadou Diallo Foundation’s vision for 2014.

It is our vision to host and facilitate a necessary, national dialogue on race and police community relations via panel discussions, workshops, seminars and other educational events. By calling on all stakeholders in our society - policy makers, law enforcement, community activists, parents, youth, Academia – I firmly believe with conscious, compassionate conversation and effective communication, we can find common ground and enact change.  I will keep you abreast of these events as they happen.

For now, I am proud of our scholars and the successes they have accomplished and am looking forward to celebrating them with you at our fundraising event May 8th.

Bruce Springsteen wrote the song “American Skin” after Amadou Diallo’s death in 1999. He rededicated the song to Trayvon Martin in 2012.  Let’s not have that song dedicated to anyone else.

Now, more than ever, with the devastatingly drastic number of police shootings and other racially motivated crimes capturing news headlines, The Amadou Diallo Foundation is needed.

Now, more than ever, with the cost of college tuition often a daunting deterrent to pursuing higher education, The Amadou Diallo Foundation is needed.

I see that need as a call to action, which is why now, more than ever, the Board of Directors and I are asking for you to join us.

Warm Regards,

David Dinkins


Ambassador for Unity Bracelet

This UNITY Bracelet is the creative inspiration of Kadiatou Diallo, Amadou Diallo’s mother.

Woven out of silver, bronze and copper, the intertwined metals are intended to symbolize the world’s various people coming together in the name of racial healing and cross-cultural understanding.

These principals were paramount in Amadou’s heart and his vision for humanity. By wearing this bracelet, you are supporting the mission of the Amadou Diallo Foundation, honoring the legacy of Amadou, and being an ambassador for UNITY.

Crafted by “les bijoutiers” or jewelers of the Mandé people in West Africa, its unique design, yet classic appearance makes it suitable to be worn by both men and women. Made in the Diallo family’s native country of Guinea, it also supports a local economy and jewelry-making tradition practiced by the local artisans for hundreds of years.

It is said that metals such as copper have medicinal, healing properties when worn on the body. 

We hope that The Ambassador for UNITY Bracelet’s healing properties extend further, to the heart of humanity, and remind us of our common ground and connection.

Warm Regards,

The Amadou Diallo Foundation Board of Directors

David Dinkins - Chair Kadiatou Diallo - President  Norman Siegel - Treasurer

A Gift For You     A Gift For Us     A Gift For Humanity

Please Join Us and Be an Ambassador for Unity

Contributions of $150 or more will receive an Ambassador for UNITY Bracelet

To mail a donation, please make check payable to The Amadou Diallo Foundation and send to:

The Amadou Diallo Foundation
c/o Norman Siegel
260 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

The Amadou Diallo Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible.

Kadiatou DialloA Mother’s Message

I was thrilled to hear the excitement in my son’s voice when he called me January 31, 1999 from New York City.

“I’m so happy right now, Mom! I am going to do it.”

“Do what?” I asked from my home in Guinea.

“Enroll in College,” he enthusiastically replied.

I asked him if he needed my help, and he said, “No, I only need your prayers.”

That was the last phone call I had with my son.

Four days later, February 4th, 1999, my world as I knew it was forever changed, and so was my role as a mother. I was thrust into a new role, one that I could have never imagined, but am fully committed to – ensuring the legacy of my son and speaking out against the injustices that resulted in his death.

The Amadou Diallo Foundation Scholarship Program was established in honor of Amadou’s academic dreams. In the spirit of Amadou, the foundation has, thus far, proudly given away 27 scholarships.

Amadou will always have my prayers, as he requested. And part of that prayer now is to support other eager students in realizing their academic dreams. While Amadou’s dreams may never be realized, through this scholarship program, and with your generous support, others will be.

With profound gratitude,

Kadiatou Diallo

Celebrating our Scholars
Cocktail Reception

May 8th, 2014
6 pm - 8 pm

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
4 Times Square
New York, NY 10036

Please join us in celebrating and spotlighting the success of our scholars.

In the spirit of Amadou, the foundation has, thus far, proudly given 27 scholarships to students of African descent who are pursuing their educational dreams in the United States. Your presence is requested as we continue our mission to honor the legacy of Amadou.

While Amadou's dreams may never be realized, through this scholarship program, and with your generous support, others will be.

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The Amadou Diallo Foundation is a non profit charitable organization. All donations are 501(c)3 Tax Deductible.

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