The Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation was created in 1971 to test and create a cure for sickle-cell anemia (a deadly blood disease that affects primarily Black Americans). Working with the People's Free Medical Research Health Clinics, the Sickle-Cell Anemia Research Foundation to date has tested nearly half a million people throughout the country to date.
This inspired the federal government's initial funding of sickle cell research in the future. 98% of victims of the Sickle-Cell disease were Black. They wanted to provide knowledge to Blacks so they would be able to care for themselves. They believed that the greatest power was knowledge, especially for this disease.
The bank for the foundation was located in the Eastmont Town Mall, located on 73rd Street and Banford Avenue, in Oakland, CA.
The foundation operates a national headquarters in Oakland, California, and local offices in major cities throughout the country.