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ofaafo (in red) one for all all for öne (grn) logo
MT. OFAAFO faded text in front of a faded snowcapped mountain top

In 1995 we came together to see what we could do to address the violence that was plaguing our city as it was plaguing cities across the country.   We grew tired of seeing countless numbers of young men and women losing their lives over what appeared to be senseless violence.  We reminisced about a time during our youth when our communities did not appear so violent and more importantly; seemed to be together.  So, we called a meeting amongst friends to see what we could contribute to the community in an attempt to change the mindset that was leading to so much violence and division.  After some deliberating the thought was we could sell t-shirts with messages such as Stop the Violence, Unity, Brothers Sisters Together and Family as a way to put positive messaging into the community, which seemed so rare at the time.  

Once we had a commitment from one another and a mission, we needed a name that represented our beliefs.  This is when we came up with the name Ofaafö; an acronym meaning one for all all for one.   However, after coming up with the name we recognized that Ofaafö was more than just a name.  It was a timeless concept, it had no beginning and it had no end.  It applied in the beginning of time as much as it applied today.  It was/is the key to victory, success, growth and evolution to name a few.   In fact, Ofaafö was/is everything.   This is why we say Ofaafö is ö way of life.

night clearing of 3 trees surrounding a stump with the big Ö in the top of the trunk blue sky with full moon


three trees surrounding tree stump with big Ö on top with 13 black figures among the trees a check with papers in it and a jeep


Red Black and Green Flag on pole - red has "OFA" and green side has "AFÖ"
photo of 6 ofaafö creators standing and looking down at the camera
photo of 6 ofaafö creators standing looking at camera
photo of 3 ofaafö creators wearing ofaafö tees and holding white stop the violence and white brothers sisters together in black
Ö 1st Vending Event in pittsburgh 2 owners sitting in front of a hanging rope with 4 t-shirts hanging on it; another owner stands behind the t-shirts head only showing and another stands to the left of the two sitting
5 black men wearing ofaafö tops and hats standing in front of an ofaafö poster
photo of 4 ofaafö creators with members of rap group de la soul


It has always existed. It has no beginning, has no end. It was in us when we first arrived here in the Americas. In an unknown place and with no common language, holding tight to loved ones as they were pulled from our arms and hands, we fought until the numbers overwhelmed us. Exhausted, confused and defeated we dropped to our knees. Kneeling before ghostly beings who looked like us, we longed for home. One scream, mixed with an endless number of others, filled the air — fighting with the air itself for a place to exist. Our cries rose to the heavens. Never to be heard again. The heavens transformed the cries into lessons on how to live. With our hand and knees in the dirt of the Earth, we felt those lessons fall down upon us and we looked to one another. In ONE and ALL we found UNITY. In that UNITY we found FAMILY and in FAMILY, a COMMUNITY of BROTHERS AND SISTERS TOGETHER, complete with language, was created. Unlike our loved ones, our diverse languages and our home, OFAAFÖ could not be stripped from us. OFAAFÖ was our strength. In an unknown place we made a home. Even with our new language and community, we were still forced to kneel, but in our hearts and minds we stood tall — refusing to fall.

—members of the OFAAFÖ community --date unknown

letter from Staci confirming receipt of ofaafö shirts for $400 and reiterating the importance of the one for all all for öne mission
letter from Emerge magazine - BET confirming purchase of 12 "FAMILY" T-shirts at $12 each to be advertised in their Dec/Jan 1997 issues
photo of emerge magazine cover with full picture of malcolm x and smaller picture of martin luther king - cover of issue with FAMILY tees inside
photo of FAMILY t-shirt inside issue page
another cover of Emerge magazine with a black man wearing a yellow bubble coat black hoody
photo of the FAMILY tee front and back with text introducing the llimited quantities
full photo of page inside of issue with FAMILY tee
green background with 2 folded crews black on top of white with white text - "authentic clothing-people at the top and "one for all all for öne in whtite at bottom
yellow background with 2 folded crews black on top of white with white text - "authentic clothing-people at the top in black and "one for all all for öne in black at bottom
Ö Archaeologist front wearing white t-shirt with big Ö in black with brown vest, brown bucket, brown shorts boots and holding a latern
Ö Archaeologist back wearing white t-shirt  with ofaafö on back of brown vest, brown bucket, brown shorts boots and holding a latern
red black and green "OFA" and "OFA"
first ofaafö branded business card - cream color card with black text - clothing the mind body and spirit followed by city contact phone numbers
photo of ofaafö first raffle contest
ofaafö "a way of life" ad
photo of ad with two folded crews picture with yellow and white text above - bringing pleasure to the mind body and spirt. bottom is for more info white

OFAAFÖ is in ALL of us today.  DEDICATION to the ELEVATION of the NATION off the PLANTATION.  We have to recognize the strength and perseverance of our people past and present.  We have to believe that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, for without them there is no us.  There is no OFAAFÖ.  Today, because life appears to be better, some think the struggle is over, while others have fallen to their knees —exhausted, confused and defeated; a loss of UNITY, of FAMILY, a loss of COMMUNITY.  Without COMMUNITY we cannot survive here.  We would not have survived then.  OFAAFÖ teaches and emphasizes positive ideas for ALL of our communities.  Let us listen to the lessons of our ancestors.  They exist in different forms all around us — books, people, places, etc.  Let us recognize and pay close attention to them.  Let us clear our minds of ALL negatives that distract us from learning from the lessons.  Let us, together, take a moment to think about ourselves and those around us — regardless of race, culture, gender or ideology.  As individuals, as ONE, we must stand.  The more of us who refuse to kneel and choose to stand, will be seen by others, and soon ALL will be standing for each other — standing tall, refusing to fall.  ONE FOR ALL ALL FOR ÖNE — OFAAFÖ — it’s nothing new, it’ not just an acronym, it’s not just clothing, IT’S A WAY OF LIFE — re-established in the Americas some 400 years ago.  Not for only ONE but FOR ALL and ALL FOR ÖNE!!   —a group of archaeologists, 1996


2022 — Another reminder that there is a cÖncept that attempts to express and INSPIRE the best parts of our humanity while working to make the negatives POSITIVES…


greeting card of ofaafö two folded crews with authentic clothing in black top and authentic people at bottom in black
back of post card with return address lines and ofaafö return address
ofaafö one for all all for öne tagline with text - encouraging humans to work together inspired by the energies of love and comradarie.  to the left is an ofaafö male wearing black t with ofaafö in white across chest
back of postcard
photo of newspaper article in the style section of the pittsburgh post gazette saturday july 25 1998 - ofaafo clothing - what's in a name...
color version of the newspaper article
postcard ad with white ofaafö outlined in black tag with text above - it's time to get ourselves together polish up our acts make pacts to bring better days back. below - in a time when so much pride is placed in concepts and clothing comes a concept and clothing to truly have pride in
ofaafö script
black ofaafö letters individually outlined with white and black
3 ofaafö creators with rapper Mr. Cheeks from Lost Boys group wearing ofaafö t-shirts
photo of 4 ofaafö creators wearing ofaafö t-shirts with rapper Pos from rap group De La Soul
ofaafö vending table with 1 creator behind the table and one sitting in the back wearing black t-shirts with white brothers sisters together text
3 creators vending at small table wearing ofaafö tees with ofaafö tees and hats on the table
one for all all for one_black
magazine ad for the cultural initiative - Main Roots event showing fubu, lugz ofaafö, and shaq's twism
ofaafö T signed by rappers at Main Roots event
photo of peer power poem
Peer Power image of stick figure helping other stick figure climb a wall
another peer power poem
back of ofaafö resurrection white hang tags with black ofaafö with "the resurrection" beneath
front of ofaafö resurrection hang tag - big Ö with text overlay
big Ö with text to right explaining the then current moves and evolution of ofaafö
JMU university's Center for Multicultural Student Services CMSS logo
Unity - Sigma Phi Pearls T-shirt design
vending photo with yellow board with text - what we call the literature with owner standing to left in ofaafö t-shirt
Ö creator standing behind vending table with Ö Literature sign
Ö philly vending photo with event participants and 3 ofaafö creators standing with unity shirts and one talking with event participant
Ö creator being interviewed among event participants at philly vending event
philly vending 4 creators standing in front and behind table with one showing shirt to participant
ad - the concept is not new, 2 stacked ofaafö crews photo with text above and below
Ö people collection 4 panel ad showing FAMILY Stop the Violence Brothers Sisters Together and UNITY
ofaafö 4 panel ad showing 4 different ofaafö t-shirts on 4 different colored backgrounds
ofaafo-one for all all for öne -red and green logo
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