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.


VISION

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.


OUR MISSION

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.


STRUCTURE

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) is head-quartered in Washington, D.C., temporarily 301 Rhode Island Ave, NW in Washington, DC. The Association operates as local, state, and international branches promoting greater knowledge of African American history through a program of education, research, and publishing.


ASALH Anti-Harassment Policy

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is committed to providing a harassment-free space for its members and others who attend, participate in, and support ASALH-sponsored conferences, programs. meetings and activities. Click here to read the full Anti-Harassment Policy.


ASALH Code of Conduct

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is committed to creating an environment of respect to foster the trust, confidence, mutual cooperation and acceptance of diverse views that we owe each other and which is needed for the organization to succeed.  The following Code of Conduct strives to achieve this outcome and the standard to which ASALH members will be held.  Click here to read the full policy.


PRIVACY POLICY

At ASALH.org, your privacy is of utmost importance to us. This Privacy Policy document explains the types of information that is collected and recorded by us and how we utilize it.

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NOTICE OF FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY

When you enter an ASALH event or program, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by ASALH and its affiliates and representatives.

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Activities:

  • 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

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (EIN: 53-0219640) is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions to ASALH are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.