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The Associated Clubs of Woodlawn (ACW) founded in 1927 and incorporated in 1936, was perhaps Woodlawn´s most ubiquitous, powerful and enduring community improvement association. Until its dissolution in February 1970, the ACW served as a clearing house for information of concern to its member clubs and the Woodlawn community as a whole. It also attempted to safeguard and to promote
South Shore Country Club, originally a private club which barred African Americans, was scheduled for demolition in 1977. A grassroots coalition of community organizations organized to save, preserve and restore the historic site for all citizens.
Washington Heights Community Organization (WHCO), formed in 1967 for the upkeep and economic development and growth of the area, was initially composed of formal block clubs in the Washington Heights and Mt. Vernon communities. The organization also campaigned to name a neighborhood elementary school after Marcus Garvey.