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Congratulations ASALH member Darlene Clark Hine

Congratulations go to ASALH member Darlene Clark Hine for being selected a 2015 National Women's History Month, African American Women's History Pioneer. Darlene Clark Hine is a pioneering scholar in the field of African American women's history.

Posted: 11/20/14

ASALH Mourns the Loss of Business Icon Herman Russell

Herman J. Russell, the iconic entrepreneur who built the nation's largest black-owned construction and real estate firm, as well as much of the Atlanta skyline, died today at the age of 83. He was also a behind-the-scenes financial backer of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., later playing a critical role in the construction (both literally and in terms of economic and civic participation for African Americans) of the "New South" Atlanta during the administration of the city's first black mayor, Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Russell was the first black member of Atlanta's Chamber of Commerce and the second black person to lead the organization as its president.

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Posted: 11/19/14


Washington, D.C. - President Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint Robert G. Stanton to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

Robert G. Stanton, of Fairfax Station, Va., will be appointed for a four-year term as an expert member of the ACHP. No stranger to preservation, Stanton was the 15th director of the National Park Service (NPS) from 1997-2001 and most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. Stanton started his career in 1962 as a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park and rose to leadership of the NPS. He has been actively engaged with a number of national conservation organizations and initiatives, having co-founded the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation. Stanton has been nationally recognized through numerous awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation and youth programs, and has been awarded five honorary doctoral degrees. He has a B.S. from Huston-Tillotson University. Stanton is currently a visiting university lecturer and private consultant in national park administration, natural and cultural resource management and diversity in employment and public programs.

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Posted: 11/06/14

Newly Organized Detroit Branch

ASALH proudly announces that the Detroit Branch was organized at the 99th Annual Meeting and Conference in Memphis, TN. The members are shown with ASALH President - Dr. Daryl Scott.

Posted: 11/05/14

Washington Informer's 50th Anniversary Celebrates Local Influencers

The 50th anniversary influencers' reception, held at the Carnegie Library in Northwest on Thursday Oct. 23, marked the last of a series of events sponsored by the newspaper to mark its five decades of weekly news coverage of events in the Greater Washington Area. ASALH's own Executive Director, Sylvia Cyrus, and ASALH Executive Council Member, Dorothy Bailey, were recognized as awardees, with several other ASALH Members in attendance

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Posted: 11/03/14

Sleeping Car Porters & Civil Rights

During the 99th Annual ASALH Convention held in Memphis, a panel held a discussion on the history and legacy of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, one of the first African American labor unions in the United States. Panelists explored the role of A. Philip Randolph, the labor and civil rights leader who helped organize the union, as well as the struggles of female members.

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Posted: 10/27/14

ASALH Member Wins Best Scholarly/Academic Work at Comic Con

This summer, at the San Diego Comic-Con ceremony for the Eisners ("the Oscars of comics"), Ronald L. Jackson II together with Dr. Sheena C. Howard won the award. Because this time, a highly illuminating work about the history of black comics, and black comics creators, was able to take home the prize, for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.

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Posted: 10/14/14

Dr. Daryl Scott: Know Thy History, Know Thyself

"When I was an undergraduate in the early 1980s, my university did not have black history courses. I was teaching myself by reading the Journal of Negro History, published by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month."

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Posted: 09/25/14

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ASALH Bethel Duke Branch: 40th Anniversary & Woodson Birthday Celebration

December 07, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Calvary Episcopal Church, 820 - 6th Street, NE/Washington, DC 20002
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Dr. Carter G. Woodson Celebration

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration
December 19, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Annual Holiday Celebration & Carter G. Woodson Birthday Commemoration

December 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Colin's Seafood and Grill, 3653 Offutt Road, Randallstown, MD 21133
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89th Annual ASALH Black History Month Luncheon & Featured Authors Event

February 28, 2015
Authors Event: 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road N.W. | Washington, DC 20008

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Centennial Woodson/Franklin Talks

February 04, 2015

Location: Oxon Hill Library, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Executive Council Meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
9:30 a.m.

Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6, 2015
Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
9:00 a.m.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 45th Annual Legislative Conference

September 16 - 19, 2015

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The Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference
September 23 - 27, 2015

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Book your hotel room for the 2015 Convention in Atlanta

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Celebration

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration
December 19, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

2016 Annual Conference

October 4 - 9, 2016
Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA - 23219 USA