Family Mentoring Mission Statement Activity

Start a journey of discovery. ASALH provided this activity as part of a Centennial Challenge to start its second century by inviting a new generation on a journey of discovering and documenting their family history. This activity is in honor of ASALH’s founder Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson’s quest to encourage his people to love and respect who they were born to be. This Family Mentoring Mission Statement Activity will start you and your family on your journey. Click the link below. Begin your journey by reading the summary and following the instructions provided. Enjoy your journey!!!

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Homage to the Ancestors

This short documentary film is titled “Speak Their Names.” This ‘name calling ceremony’ shows the descendants of those Africans enslaved at Monte Verdi Plantation paying homage to their ancestors. “I had the honor of producing, filming and editing a moment in history that I will never forget.” Nytesia Ross (

Copyright 2018 Nytesia Ross. All rights reserved.


The 400 Year Journey Book List

Afejuku, Alero, Sheila Flemming-Hunter, Ayo Gathing. J is for Justice. Amazon Digital Services, 2017.                                                    

Alexander, William H., Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, and Charles H. Ford, eds. Voices from within the Veil: African Americans and the Experience of Democracy. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 

Browne-Marshall, Gloria J. Race, Law and American Society: 1607 to Present. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Browne-Marshall, Gloria J. The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

Dagbovie, Pero Gaglo. “Historic Resource Study: The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site. Willing to Sacrifice: Carter G. Woodson, The Father of Black History, and the Carter G. Woodson Home.”  Washington, DC: National Park Service, 2012. Accessed December 20, 2018, (Also contains a listing of books written by Dr. Carter G. Woodson)

Dawson, Kevin. Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Flemming, Sheila Y. Bethune-Cookman College, 1904-1994: The Answered Prayer to a Dream. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, 1995.

Franklin, John Hope and Evelyn Higginbotham, eds. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Franklin, V.P. and Bettye Collier. Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. New York: NYU Press, 2001.

Franklin, V.P. Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths: Autobiography and the Making of the African-American Intellectual Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Hale, Janice E. Learning While Black: Creating Educational Excellence for African American Children. Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Higginbotham, A. Leon. In the Matter of Color: Race and the American Legal Process: The Colonial Period, 4th ed. New York, Oxford University Press, 1980.

Higginbotham, A. Leon. Shades of Freedom: Racial Politics and Presumptions of the American Legal Process. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Higginbotham, Evelyn. Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880–1920. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1994.

Higginbotham, Evelyn, Leon F. Litwack, Darlene Clark Hine, and Randall K. Burkett, eds. The Harvard Guide to African-American History. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Jones, Nathaniel and Evelyn Higginbotham.  Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America. New York: The New Press, 2016.                               

Newby-Alexander, Cassandra. Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2017.

Newby-Alexander, Cassandra. An African American History of the Civil War in Hampton Roads. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2017.

Newby-Alexander, Cassandra. Mae Breckenridge-Haywood, and the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth. Portsmouth, Virginia. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.   

Thornton, John. Africa and Africans in the Formation of the Atlantic World, 1400-1680. 4th ed.   New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1992, 1998.         

Walker, Sheila S. (editor), Conhecimento desde dentro: Os afro-sul-americanos falam de seus povos e suas histórias (Viviane C. Antunes translator). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Kitabu Editora, 2018.

Walker, Sheila S. (editor), Conocimiento desde adentro: Los afrosudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y sus historias. La Paz, Bolivia: Programa de Investigación Estratégica en Bolivia (PIEB), 2010; Popayán, Colombia: Editorial Universidad del Cauca, 2013.

Walker, Sheila S. (editor), African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.

Woodson, Carter G. A Century of Negro Migration. Washington: D.C., The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1918.

———. The History of the Negro Church. Washington, D.C.: The Associated Publishers, 1921.

———.The Mind of the Negro as Reflected in Letters Written During the Crisis, 1800-1860. Washington, D. C.: Associated Publishers, 1926.

———. The Mis-Education of the Negro. Washington: D.C., Associated Publishers, Inc., 1973.

———. The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 [Electronic Resource]: A History of the Education of the Colored People of the United States from the Beginning of Slavery to the Civil War. Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, 1919.