|Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History
Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History. We continue his legacy
of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of
history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture." ASALH's mission is to
create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower
and the global public. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity. Learn more about ASALH's history
||The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and
History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate
information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
||The vision of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is to be
the premier Black Heritage learned society with a strong network of national and
international branches and partners whose diverse and inclusive membership will continue
the Woodson legacy.
||The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is
headquartered in Washington, D.C., temporarily on the campus of Howard University.
The Association operates as local, state, and international branches promoting greater
knowledge of African American history through a program of education, research, and
- Sets the annual theme for Black History Month. Establish Annual Black History Theme
- Publish Annual Black History Theme Learning Resource Package
Sponsor annual Black History Kick-Off Events
Host Annual Convention and Black History Month Luncheon
Establish, nurture and grow ASALH Branches, including campus-based branches & youth guilds.
Manage professional Speaker's Bureau
Establish national and local Partnerships
Host Essay Contest for undergraduate and graduate students
Promote oral, public and local history projects
Commemorate the birth of our founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson
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