Tayitu Cultural Center is named after Tayitu Betul (or Taitu)1851-1918, an iconic figure in Ethiopian History. Etige Tayitu or Queen Tayitu ruled the Ethiopian Empire during the era of King of Kings, Menelik the II. During the battle of Adwa, Etige Tayitu mobilized her own military force and was able to strategically defeat the Italian forces and win a decisive victory for Ethiopia. Please view the About Tayitu link to learn more about Etege Tayitu.
One evening in August 2000, Tayitu Cultural Center (TCC) had its humble beginning at a gathering for a book launch and reading to become a trailblazing non-profit (501 c 3) organization that nurtures the arts and culture of Ethiopia and promotes it among the uniquely diverse community of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where the organization is based.
Tayitu Cultural Center established a strategic partnership with another volunteer-run organization, Tutoring and Mentoring Program (TMP), a program that started in 2002 to provide free academic tutoring and youth mentoring services in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Renamed Tayitu Cultural and Educational Center (TCEC), TCEC benefits from the synergistic alliance and combined institutional strength of these two veteran community organizations to become an even more valuable and effective service provider to the community.