The J Dilla Foundation was changed to the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation in January 2015 to honor her son for his legacy and to coincide with the induction into the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Madukes has dedicated her life to the upliftment of youth and encouraging their interest in education through music and the arts. Madukes is an advocate of the Hip-Hop Education Center@ NYU. Madukes and the J Dilla Foundation was presented with the "Extra Credit Award" for "Best National Organization in 2015.
The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation has expanded with chapters in Minnesota, Atlanta, Chicago, London, Australia and Orlando. Madukes is currently in the process of establishing foundation ties in Puerto Rico where she currently resides.
There are many gifted children in our midst and the charge is ours to take notice and believe in the special gifts that our youth behold. " Where you see the need the responsibility becomes yours" This was a gift of phrase that I was blessed with many years ago by the late Katherine Fitzgerald, it's truth shall forever bear witness.
If we don't take charge of opening doors for our youth, their future will always be at risk. The mission is very simple: It's for and about the Children! The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation and all it's members will strive to make a better tomorrow for todays youth. Madukes is at work daily in keeping the legacy alive.
We would like to encourage you to support The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation. You are our champions and our backbone, your contributions and patronage enables us to achieve our goals of enhancing and developing urban programs in inner-cities and academia. We are always open to creative and progressive ideas of how we can keep Dilla’s gift alive, and how we can use it to better the universe.
Please feel free to inquire about how you can get more involved as well make a donation.