Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, and husband David, founded the House of Umoja in 1968 with their own funds to help stem the tide of rampant gang violence that pervaded Philadelphia at the time. Before working with youth, Fattah was a journalist for the Philadelphia Tribune and publicist for entertainers including Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. She later published Umoja Magazine. Her focus changed when she discovered that one of her sons was a member of the Clymer Street gang. She invited the gang members to her home for discussions and some remained. She and her husband provided them with family structure, supervision, guidance and loving care. Members of other gangs heard about her, attended the sessions and also stayed. That was the beginning of the House of Umoja. The north Frazier Street urban “Boy’s Town” was instrumental in eradicating gang violence in the city. In 1974, at the height of gang violence in Philadelphia, the House of Umoja held a Gang Peace Summit that led 30 gangs to sign a truce. Praised by U.S. Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton for her work with at-risk youth, Fattah and the House of Umoja has guided more than 3,000 boys into manhood.
"To save lives. And to improve the quality of life."- Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
Our goal is to empower today’s youth to deter conflicts with proficient skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and history.