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106th Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference to Celebrate 2021 Theme: “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity”

ASALH — with the support of its Florida Branches known as the “Florida Coalition” — is proud to announce that its 106th Annual Meeting and Conference will take place virtually via Zoom every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from September 14th to 30th, 2021.

Largest Preservation Fund in American History to Save African American Landmarks Announces $3M in 2021 Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 202 Contact: Brenda Jones bjones@savingplaces.org   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program of the National Trust for Historic […]

NCAAL Virtual Conference

A Taxonomy of Black History Month Programming in Public Libraries: Looking Back to Impact the Next 50 Years A session by Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown, Dr. La Vonne Neal […]

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter First Edition

Black Health Matters and ASALH have partnered to create a series of Health Focused newsletters

ASALH Charleston Area Branch Notices and Updates

The Forum on The Black Family – Worship Traditions and Faith Institutions will be held on Saturday July 17, 2021  1-3 pm

ASALH Thanks Black Health Matters for being a 2021 Sponsor

Black Health Matters, the leading “Black Wellness” platform is please to announce its partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. on the upcoming Black Health Matters Summit. 

New NHL Theme Study: Civil Rights in America: Racial Discrimination in Housing

In 1999, the US Congress directed the National Park Service to conduct a multi-state study of civil rights sites to determine their national significance and the appropriateness of including them in the National Park System.

Association of African American Museums Announces Second Virtual Conference

The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) announced today that the 2021 Association of African American Museum Conference will be held virtually.

8th Annual FEEEDS-GALLUP Africa Virtual Forum

Co-Hosts Ambassador Robin Sanders and Gallup Global Managing Partner Jon Clifton, in partnership with allAfrica.com, the African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC), United People for African Congress (UPAC) and U.S.-Africa Trade Council, invite you to the 8th Annual FEEEDS-Gallup Africa Forum: Africa’s Business Economy & the AfCFTA — the Role of SMEs

Denzel Washington Commits $1 Million to Support Historic Wiley College Debate Team

Award-winning actor Denzel Washington’s family foundation has made the fourth $100,000 installment toward a $1 million commitment to support student members of the legendaryWiley College debate team

Racial terrorism in America by Attorney Jacqueline Hubbard

  By Attorney Jacqueline Hubbard, President, ASALH The word “terror” is defined by the “Funk and Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary” as “an overwhelming impulse of fear; extreme fright or dread.” The […]

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall: We Must Demand Prosecutorial Reform After Chauvin Sentencing

Derek Chauvin’s conviction and sentencing for George Floyd’s murder was an outlier; most civilian deaths at the hands of police do not have a similar outcome, says Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The Florida Commission: Activists, educators gather in Jacksonville to criticize state ban of Critical Race Theory

Jacksonville activists are gathering outside the Duval County School District office Friday morning to voice their concerns with the Florida State Board of Education

2021 Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival

Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival Inc. are making plans for Festival 2021 from August 5 – 8, 2021 on the internationally known Beale Street/Robert Church Park

10 new resources added to the African American Civil Rights Network

Follow the Network across DC, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia Date: June 28, 2021 Contact: NewsMedia@nps.gov WASHINGTON – National parks, historic homes, websites, songs, oral histories and more can […]

Watch “Celebrating Ida B. Wells’ Birthday” with Author Michelle Duster

ASALH & PBS Books are pleased to present this Author Talk with Michelle Duster about her book Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells. […]

2022 OAH Huggins-Quarles Award Accepting Applications

Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation

Watch the Ida B Wells Monument Dedication Ceremony

Due to the excessive and unpredictable timing of rain, the June 30th Ida B. Wells Monument Dedication Ceremony will have NO outdoor component to it.  The entire ceremony will be […]

Fall Internships at NMAAHC! APPLY NOW

Internships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture offer college and graduate students and recent graduates opportunities to work closely with professionals and scholars in the museum field

ASALH Announces New National Program Celebrating the Black Family on June 26th

Designed in collaboration with NY Life and Archival Alchemy, the campaign encourages participants to host intergenerational Black family reunions—virtual or in person—to explore their unique African American heritage and family history.

A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021

On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our Nation’s founding, and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage

V.P. Franklin Editorial from Alma Mater

V.P. Franklin’s Scholarship and Activism are indelibly linked to his time at Penn State

Dr. Edna B. Mckenzie Branch of ASALH, Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh PA Presents “From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: 13th”

A recent online screening of “13th” was discussed as part of the 2021 “From Slavery to Freedom Film Series” presented by the African American Program of the Heinz History Center […]

Community Watch & Comment – The Wednesday Edition; WPFW 89.3FM, wpfwfm.org, On Juneteenth

Community Watch & Comment — The Wednesday Edition; WPFW 89.3FM, wpfwfm.org (live-streamed and archived) Wednesday, June 23rd, 11 am-12 pm, ET  On Juneteenth Now commemorated. What does Juneteenth signify for […]

Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program Awards $180,000 in Grants

The National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, in collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), announces the awarding of $180,000 in grants

Congress passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Congress passes bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Watch “Juneteenth: Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Join ASALH & PBS Books on Thursday, June 17 at 8pm ET | 5pm PT for a special commemoration virtual event, “Juneteenth: Lift Every Voice and Sing”

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Biden to sign Juneteenth bill, creating holiday marking U.S. slavery’s end

U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a bill into law on Thursday afternoon to make June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the end of the legal enslavement of Black Americans.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum to host online public lectures as part of Institute on Black History Instruction

June 4, 2021 Contact: Jean Hardiman, University Relations Specialist, 304-696-639   The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum at Marshall University is inviting the Tri-State community to attend two special lectures […]

Watch “A Conversation ‘On Juneteenth’ Featuring Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed” presented by ASALH TV

Watch a conversation in celebration of Juneteenth featuring ASALH’s president Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and the Pulitzer prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed

ASALH TV presents “In Retrospect and Prospect S2, Ep3: #DigBlk: Black History in the Digital Sphere”

Join ASALH on June 9 AT 7:00 p.m. EST to discuss coalition building and operating ethically in the digital humanities and the resources available through the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State University

ASALH TV presents “Surviving the Tulsa Race Massacre: Voices of Resistance Then and Now”

Join ASALH as we reflect on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Monday, June 1, 8 pm EST/ 7 pm CST on ASALH TV YouTube

National Historic Landmarks and the Network to Freedom

“Recognizing that all human beings embrace the right to self-determination and freedom from oppression, the historical Underground Railroad (UGRR) sought to address the injustices of slavery and make freedom a […]

ASALH Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Presents Resolution Honoring Rosetta Farris Brown Upon Her Death

Mrs. Rosetta Farris Brown, a charter members of the Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch of ASALH, sadly passed away on May, 13, 2021. Her father-in-law, Dr. Charles A. Brown became the […]

ASALH TV presents “Promoting Psychological Resilience Within the Black Community”

Speakers will outline why mental health is important, illustrate the barriers around access to mental health services, and provide strategy

Press Release: Buffalo, NY Post Office Renaming Honoring 6888th veteran (Hunt-Martin)

New legislation to rename Buffalo post office after women’s Army Corps WWII veteran

Joint Statement on Racial Injustice and Social Equity from the MCAAHC and the MLTRC

Fifty-two years ago amid uprisings across the nation following the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Verda Freeman Welcome, Maryland’s first African American female senator, introduced legislation […]

Passing of Rosetta Brown, Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch

Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch is saddened by the passing of beloved charter member, Mrs. Rosetta Brown, who passed away  May 13th, according to her son, Mr. Jonathan Brown. Funeral arrangements are […]

2021 Network to Freedom Grant Program Q&A Webinar – Application deadline is May 14

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is pleased to announce its 2021 Grant Program. There will be $180,000 in grant funds available this year. In collaboration with the […]

ASALH National Secretary Kaye Wise Whitehead receives Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for radio show

ASALH National Secretary Kaye Wise Whitehead won the  2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for her radio show, “Today With Dr. Kaye,” on WEAA for […]

Maryland Park to be Renamed for Artist and Historian David C. Driskell Previously Restricted to ‘Caucasian Inhabitants Only’

WILLIAM PINKNEY MAGRUDER PARK in Hyattsville, Md., will be renamed for artist and curator David C. Driskell (1931-2020)

ASALH and PBS Books present “History: Race and Photography”

A Special Conversation between Deborah Willis, Sarah Lewis, Ilisa Barbash, & Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

National Museum of African American History and Culture To Reopen Friday, May 14

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will reopen to the public Friday, May 14. Beginning Friday, May 7, visitors can reserve passes online at nmaahc.si.edu/passes […]

Thurgood Marshall’s School (Public School 103) Special Resource Study

As directed by Congress in 2019, the National Park Service is preparing a special resource study of Public School 103 (P.S. 103), the elementary school of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, located at 1315 Division Street, Baltimore, Maryland

19th Century America: Fiends, Fugitives and Friends

A Conference on Enslaved Blacks, Native Peoples and Allied Others in the Frenzy of American Expansionism.

U.S. Senate Passes Legislation to Award 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion the Congressional Gold Medal

April 30 2021, www.moran.senate.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Women’s Army Corps […]

John H. Bracey, Jr. Fellowship Fund Supports Graduate Students in Afro-American Studies

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy recently announced the establishment of an endowed graduate fellowship in honor of John H. Bracey, Jr., professor of Afro-American studies at UMass Amherst since 1972. The fellowship […]

2021 National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Grants

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is pleased to announce its 2021 Grant Program. There will be $180,000 in grant funds available this year.

What Should Museums Do With the Bones of the Enslaved? by Jennifer Schuessler

“The Morton Cranial Collection, assembled by the 19th-century physician and anatomist Samuel George Morton, is one of the more complicated holdings of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and […]

14th Annual Exhibition African American Fiber Art Exhibition

Where & When North Charleston City Hall, 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406 Free admission & parking Viewing times: April 28-June 25, 2021; […]

HBCUs: The First Patrons of African-American Art by Yvonne Bynoe

“The HBCUs have not been given the credit they are due. When nobody else was out there championing these (Black) artists, HBCUs were there, claiming them, showcasing them, putting them up on walls, teaching about them”

Creating an Antiracist Meetings Industry by Barbara Palmer

Every conversation in America is a conversation about race, according to Kaye Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., a professor of African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, and […]

Four Women of Color are making Military History as Commanders of U.S. Warships by Andrea Blackstone

“According to The Naval History and Heritage Command, the first women to serve in the U.S. Navy were nurses. In recent times, more women have been making remarkable strides in […]

Pandemic Worries Have Black and Latina Women Focusing on Self-Care by Nancy Kerr

AARP survey finds 63% of women 50+ put more emphasis on inner health than outward appearances. by Nancy Kerr, AARP “Stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disproportionate impact […]

The 2022 ASALH Book Prize for the best new book in African American history is open for Submissions!

ASALH awards an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture. Books must engage archives to be eligible for consideration, however, the […]

The Sarasota-Manatee Community Remembrance Project Working to Secure a Lynching Memorial Marker

The Boxser Diversity Initiative, Newtown Alive and The Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition (SAACC), have partnered together with the goal to bring a permanent memorial recognizing lynching victims in the […]

National African American Reparations Commission Hails Vote on HR-40: Push for Passage Is Next Step

The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) is hailing the vote by the House Judiciary Committee to Report HR-40 to the full House for passage a milestone in the history of the United States. The bill will establish a Commission to study the effects of enslavement and consider proposals for reparations

Live Stream the Dedication of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, University of Virginia

Check out this ceremony of Dedication of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia HERE! Then check out the concert from group Take 6 in support of […]

Woodson receives posthumously The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B Lifetime Achievement Award

Division B Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to “a  distinguished scholar with widely recognized and continuous records of accomplishment and who has made substantive contributions to the field of curriculum studies or whose work has served to open up the curriculum field to diverse, transdisciplinary perspectives, critiques, and understandings.”

ASALH Statement “Preserve Democratic Norms and End White Supremacist Terrorism”

As we remember and reflect on the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and  his work to have America end institutionalized and socialized racism, ASALH asks that  we [...]

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Martha Richards Conley, Pittsburgh’s First Woman Attorney, as written by Robert Hill

ASALH Edna McKenzie Branch member Martha Richards Conley, the first Black woman to graduate from the Pittsburgh School of Law in 1971, has been featured in an article in the […]

COVID-19 Funerals Reimbursement

The FEMA Funeral Reimbursement Program will launch in a few weeks. FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000.00 in funeral costs to any family member who paid for a COVID-19 related […]

Historic Georgian African American Newspapers from 1886-1926 Now Available Free Online

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce that it has completed the digitization of two historically significant Georgia African American newspapers as part of a National Digital […]

Call for Posters: The 106th Annual Meeting and Virtual Conference

The 2021 ASALH Program Committee invites submissions for posters that address the conference theme, “The Black Family,” but any timely subject of interest to the African American history, culture, and life will be considered.

Cultivating Change from the Inside Out by Anita D Russell

DID YOU KNOW DISMANTLING RACISM IS AN INSIDE JOB? Celebrate with Life Coach and International Bestselling Author, Anita D Russell as she launches her new book, Cultivating Change from the […]

The Illinois Freedom Project

Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the State Historic Sites at Springfield are pleased to announce the launch of the “Illinois Freedom Project” youth history initiative on Monday, February 11, […]

Join ASALH Women’s History Month Program with Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez will be featured in the next installment of the Trailblazing American Women Writers Project Series from PBS Books.

2021 Black Heritage Stamps Honor August Wilson by Roy Betts

In celebration of Black Heritage, check out the latest blog post from Roy Betts, “2021 Black Heritage Stamps Honor August Wilson.” Read the full post HERE.

A Critical Conversation of Kinship with the Founders of Black History Month

Established on September 9, 1915, by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founders of Black History Month—the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continue to carry out […]

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Legal Giant & Activist Vernon Jordan – Memorial Service

Close adviser to former President of the United States Bill Clinton, business executive, lawyer and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan passed away last week at the age of 85. ASALH […]

The Gates Foundation Interviews Dr. Elsie L. Scott

Please check out the interview with Dr. Elsie L. Scott, Director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center at Howard University that was conducted by the Gates […]

Join us on February 28 for ASALH and PBS Books presents “A Special Conversation between Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Nubia Kai & Sundiata Cha-Jua”

ASALH and PBS Books partner in presenting the final program of the 2021 Black History Month Festival , featuring renown author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, author of The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi , in a conversation with retired Howard University Professor, Nubia Kai and Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Honoring Sheila S. Walker: Reflections on Anthropology and Afrocentrism across the African Diaspora

Honoring Shelia S. Walker, Reflections on Anthropology and Afrocentrism across the African Diaspora Friday, February 26 2021 11:00am ET Register to attend HERE Moderated by Chelsey Carter and Savannah Kosteniuk

ASALH member Alondra Nelson receives a Biden Administration Appointment

This Black History Month, LCV and the entire environmental movement celebrates Black leaders who are at the forefront of advancing environmental and climate justice.

South Orange Performing Arts Center Black History Month

The Township of South Orange Village is honored to celebrate Black History Month with the South Orange Community. This year’s national theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. […]

Retired Dallas Educator Working to Ensure Black History is Complete History – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Robert Edison, founding President of the W. Marvin Dulaney Branch of ASALH  in Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas, is a retired educator of 40 years. Though retired, Edison has continued to educate […]

ASALH Member Awarded Lifetime Media Achievement Award by the National Black Radio Hall of Fame

ASALH member Joe Madison, ” The Black Eagle” of the Madison Show has been awarded the 2021 Lifetime Media Achievement Award by the National Black Radio Hall of Fame. “The […]

View “Charlene Dukes on the Black Family and Education” festival event presented by ASALH Prince George’s County Truth Branch on the February 28

Prince George’s County Truth Branch and Maple Springs Baptist Church Cultural Education Experience Ministry (CEEM) host a joint ASALH Branch program on the Black Family.

IMLS Releases Retrospective on 15 Years of African American History and Culture Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the release of a comprehensive evaluation of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program over the past fifteen years. The […]

2021 National Preservation Awards: Deadline Extended to February 26

Is there a person, organization, or project in your city or town that deserves the national spotlight? Have you seen transformation in your community because of preservation? We want to […]

National Press Club “Book Rap” with Author Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

National Press Club “Book Rap” featuring Gloria J. Browne-Marshall to discuss “She Took Justice: The Black Woman, The Woman, Law, and Power Thu, February 18, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 […]

View “Diving with a Purpose: Recovering and Reexamining Our Roots” Presented on February 24

This event will feature a panel discussion featuring divers who seek to preserve the heritage of Black people through discovering and investigating wreckages of slave ships and salvaging artifacts

ASALH Thanks Our 2021 Black History Month Festival Sponsors

ASALH invites you to learn more about the 2021 Black History Month Festival Sponsors. Thanks to generous support, ASALH can promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

Passing of the Women of the 6888th CPDB Member, Mrs. Maybelle Rutland Tanner Campbell, PFC

Women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (CPDB) member, Mrs. Maybelle Rutland Tanner Campbell, PFC closed her eyes on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 and entered eternal life.  Mrs. Campbell […]

Cornell University Celebrates Toni Morrison

Cornell University is sponsoring a yearlong series honoring our beloved alumna and literary icon Toni Morrison on the 50th anniversary of her first book, “The Bluest Eye.” Cornell Celebrates Toni […]

Our Authors Study Club of Los Angeles: Los Angeles Black Heritage Month Celebration Events

Join the Our Authors Study Club, Inc of Los Angeles branch of ASALH in celebrating Black Heritage Month! 2021 is the 71st year of our citywide celebration of Black History […]

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Diverse Histories for a Diverse Nation: Strickland Distinguished Scholars Webinar Series

Conversations with public intellectuals on the relevance of history to contemporary times will be hosted by Dr. Martha Norkunas, Professor of Oral and Public History and the History Department of […]

View February 10 Presentation of the Inaugural ASALH Book Prize

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will award an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture beginning in February 2021.

View “How African American Families Have Been Portrayed in the Media” festival event presented by ASALH Manhattan Branch on February 7

There will be a presentation and panel discussion on “How African American Families Have Been Portrayed in the Media.”

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the DC Black History Celebration Committee Black History Month Events 2021

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the DC Black History Celebration Committee are proud to present this guide to events for Black History Month 2021. A Brief […]

A Proclamation on National Black History Month, 2021

FEBRUARY 03, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the […]

View “From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Traditions in the African American Family” that was Presented on February 6

This event will feature a panel of authors, chefs and historians who will share their work and discuss the important role that food has played in Black family life throughout the diaspora.

View “A Celebration of African American Life and History: Trailblazer Mae Jemison” Presented on February 3

Encourage young people to join this conversation with the first African American woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour!

City of Detroit kicks off Black History Month celebration with Kresge’s support

Detroit today kicks off a weeklong celebration of Black history and Black culture and a yearlong initiative to shine a spotlight on the city’s creative community while working to support […]

Statement by President Joe Biden On Black History Month

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that […]

Making African America: A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness

The University of Maryland’s Center for Global Migration Studies and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will be hosting virtual conference throughout the month of […]

M-NCPPC Black History Month Events

Celebrate and honor African American heritage during Black History Month in February. From performances to history lessons to tours, there are plenty of exciting events and activities planned throughout Prince […]

View the Feb. 1 Announcement of the Black History theme and Introduction of ASALH’s Virtual Black History Month Festival

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, ASALH National President and Music from the HBCU Experience

W. Marvin Dulaney Branch D/FW News

Our WM Dulaney Branch members are involved in multiple venues and events such as: Workshops on African American History Book Reviews monthly at Branch meetings Exhibits at the African American […]

Hidden History DFW Black History Collection

Hidden History DFW launches online Black History Month Collection to heighten awareness.  Local Dallas area African American owned company debuts unique items celebrating Black History Month into the marketplace.  Order […]

March Book Club Meeting

The W. Marvin Dulaney Branch of Dallas-Fort Worth ASALH will virtually host their monthly book club meeting March 8, 2021. This meeting will be discussing “James Baldwin’s America and Its […]

KU Faculty & Staff Say No to KBOR Policy – Solidarity Statement

Join KU faculty & staff in opposition to KBOR tenure policy SIGN OUR OPEN LETTER (FOR KU FACULTY AND STAFF) OR OUR SOLIDARITY STATEMENT (ALL OTHER SUPPORTERS) All eyes in […]

The Black Family – Representation, Identity, and Diversity with Sylvia Cyrus

Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director of the ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY discusses the theme and events to celebrate Black History Month (The Black Family Representation, […]

Playwright August Wilson Takes Center Stage on U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Forever Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service will honor August Wilson with a commemorative Forever stamp in the Black Heritage series.

Gloria Browne-Marshall Receives Pulitzer Center Grant for Essay/Play on Police Violence and Race

The Pulitzer Center awarded Gloria Browne-Marshall a grant for her project on police violence. As a legal correspondent, constitutional law professor and playwright, she is honored to have the Pulitzer […]

United States Mint to Release Final America the Beautiful Circulating Quarter on January 4th

WASHINGTON– The United States Mint (Mint) will release the 2021 America the Beautiful Quarter honoring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site on January 4, 2021. This is the final quarter […]

Philadelphia Chapter partners with the historic Eden Cemetery

This article first appeared PBS’s WHYY.org on December 30, 2020 The burial ground of Marian Anderson crowdfunds to preserve Black history Google “Eden Cemetery” and you’re bound to encounter an […]

Black Heritage Council Awarded Grant for Strategic Planning and Welcomes New Leadership

(Montgomery, AL) The Alabama Historical Commission was recently awarded a National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) grant through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to develop a five-year Strategic Plan for the Black Heritage Council […]

Black Family Recipe Submissions Deadline Extended to January 27, 2021

This virtual event will highlight the traditions of the Black Family and how food played a pivotal role in the family relationships and dynamics over time and space.

ASALH STATEMENT ON January 6, 2021 MOB Violence AT US CAPITOL

The January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol was outrageous—a planned assault on U.S. democracy and a global embarrassment. 

Shop for Black History Products

The official Black History Kit and posters are in stock and ready to ship

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for the 2021 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.   Since […]

CIAA Joins ASALH in Announcing the Annual Black History Theme

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historical Black athletic conference joins the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the Founders of Black […]

Wichita Library to be named after Dr. Ronald W. Walters

The Wichita, Kansas City Council approved the Dr. Ronald W. Walters Branch Library as the name of its new District 3 Branch Library. The decision was made at its Tuesday, […]

ASALH Announces 2021 Black History Theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. 

Julius Rosenwald Study Bill Passes the House

The Campaign seeks to promote the establishment of a multi-site National Park celebrating the life and legacy of Julius Rosenwald, the son of Jewish immigrants who, after achieving great wealth leading Sears, Roebuck and Company, became a visionary philanthropist.

Podomatic | Annual Black History Celebration Oratorical featuring Anita Shepherd

The Annual Black History Celebration Oratorical 2021 for this February’s Black History Month. Middle and High School Students invited to participate.

The Great Dismal Swamp was a refuge for escaped slaves. A congressman wants to revive its forgotten history

Hampton Roads Branch President Audrey Perry Williams has been a member of the Great Dismal Swamp Stakeholder Collaborative for almost two years.

Henry Aaron: A Tribute From ASALH

By virtue of the good fortune of the spelling of his last name, Henry Aaron was seemingly  destined to be the first name listed in the Official Encyclopedia of Baseball. […]

Carter G. Woodson Birthday Commemoration

This Saturday, December 19 at 4 p.m. EST join ASALH, the National Park Service, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to commemorate Dr. Woodson’s Birthday. The link to join this event can be found here. Please plan to attend.

Sen. Moran’s Bill to Honor Women of the “Six-Triple-Eight” Passes Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 11, 2020 Contact: Angela Lingg | 202-228-6519 Sen. Moran’s Bill to Honor Women of the “Six-Triple-Eight” Passes Senate Urges House to Quickly Advance Bill to Recognize Their Service and […]

The ASALH 2021 Black History Month Festival

You can count on 2021 ushering in a vastly different year!  And ASALH will help make it so. 

Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday

Our community is strong and resilient. Let’s help it grow even stronger!

Message from the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center – Vote to name Library in Honor of Ronald Walters

In 2021, a new branch library will open in Wichita, Kansas, Dr. Ronald Walters’ hometown. From November 20-December 7, the library is seeking feedback to determine the top three choices. […]

Extended Trailer for the PBS Documentary on The Black Church

ASALH announces the important two-part documentary series on the Black Church by host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

22 Black-Owned Bookstores to Shop Right Now (and Always)

22 Black-Owned Bookstores to Shop Right Now (and Always) Support small businesses and expand your mind with a great read. This article first appeared in www.townandcountrymag.com Following the death of […]

Understand SC: Uncovering untold stories at 4 historic sites in Charleston

Understand SC: Uncovering untold stories at 4 historic sites in Charleston A Post and Courier Podcast This article first appeared November 19, 2020 on postandcourier.com Charleston’s historic city center is […]

The 2020 Project – African & African American Studies Program (SU)

We are pleased to announce that the African and African American Studies Program (AAAS) at Stanford University recently released The 2020 Project, a Special Issue publication that may be of […]

ASALH President on This Historic Day

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History marks this historic day of November 7, 2020 in the life of our nation—this day announcing the President-elect Joseph Biden and his Vice-President Kamala Harris, the first woman and African American to hold the position of Second-in-command.

9 Historic Black Neighborhoods That Celebrate Black Excellence

This article first appeared on The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website on October 15, 2020 The first half of the 20th century shaped Black Americans’ identity and influence on […]

Memphis Memorial Ida B. Wells Commemorative

Ida B. Wells is nationally recognized as an anti-lynching advocate, a champion of civil rights and women’s suffrage.

#WHUTtv – Free Season Premier of Finding Your Roots

A FREE community Season Preview and panel discussion of  FINDING YOUR ROOTS Season 6

Health profiles of Black Women on the Tenure Track and Beyond

This project examines the conditions under which Black women academics experience racial stress, how they cope, and the degree to which stressors relate to their health profile during tenure and […]

The Vote: A Call to Action with Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

As we close our Virtual Conference, our National President, Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, will reflect on our commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. During this forum, Dr. Higginbotham will also explore how what we have learned over the month-long conference can best prepare us for the days ahead.

TRUE JUSTICE FOR BREONNA

Black women and men are in danger. Black girls and boys are in danger. Black families are in danger. We are becoming an ever-increasing endangered population.   The Association for the Study of […]

Authors, poets, scholars celebrate Morrison in ‘Bluest Eye’ reading

Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tayari Jones and Edwidge Danticat and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will join scholars from around the country to celebrate Toni Morrison M.A. ’55, as Cornell University’s […]

National Museum of African American History and Culture To Reopen Friday, Sep. 18 with Enhanced Safety Measures

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will reopen to the public on Friday, Sep. 18. In light of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum […]

Buxton Homecoming goes online to Showcase History

This article first appeared in www.chathamdailynews.ca on September 7, 2020 Participants didn’t have to leave home to attend the 97th annual Buxton Homecoming. The Labour Day weekend celebration at North […]

Support our Virtual Exhibitors

Receive Exclusive Deals and Discounts at ASALH Virtual Stores

BHB Editorial Board Member—Paul LaRue Appointed to the Ohio State Board of Education

Historian and retired Washington Court House City Schools teacher Paul LaRue was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to the State Board of Education

Maryland Proclaims September Underground Railroad Month

This article first appeared in Chesapeake Bay Magazine The Chesapeake Bay region and the state of Maryland hold some of the best-documented history from the events of the Underground Railroad. […]

Apply Now: Female Start-up Entrepreneur Grant Opportunity

The MWLC is elated to partner with Natalie Achonwa of the Indiana Fever. Ms. Achonwa is a recipient of the WNBA’s 2020 Dawn Staley Community Leadership award in which she […]

Interview With Madge Allen, President of the Manhattan Branch

From Pike Road to the Big Apple: A Glimpse of Madge Allen

Troy-based Global Cultural Foundation Appoints Charles Ezra Ferrell as Vice President

Troy-based Global Cultural Foundation Appoints Charles Ezra Ferrell as Vice President  2019 Michigan Humanities Champion of the Year leaves the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to Expand […]

View the Program Online at All Academic

The entire conference program is available online now! Click here to access the conference.

First Virtual Conference to Feature Rev. William Barber; Rep. Terri Sewell; Civil Rights Veteran Ruby Sales; Poet Sonia Sanchez, others; Celebrates 2020 Theme: “African Americans and the Vote”

In these extraordinary times, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is proud to announce that its 105th Annual Conference will take place virtually via Zoom in September.

Mississippi Didn’t Ratify the 19th Amendment Until 1984. Here’s Why Some States Waited Decades

This article first posted on time.com August 17, 2020  When Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 18, 1920, that was enough: as the 36th state […]

Preserving Resources and Fostering Diversity with Robert Stanton

Tune in this week for the second episode of NPI’s Preservation Profiles free podcast series! “Preserving Resources and Fostering Diversity” with Robert Stanton   Robert G. Stanton joined the National […]

LISTEN: “She Votes” Podcast Episode 3

Click moments” have powered some of this country’s biggest social upheavals. From second wave feminism’s emergence during the Civil Rights movement to the creation of the suffrage movement amidst abolitionist […]

Robert Stanton to Receive Murie Spirit of Conservation Award

Robert Stanton to Receive Murie Spirit of Conservation Award  Lia Cheek to be Recognized as Murie Rising Leader MOOSE, Wyo. – Teton Science Schools is pleased to announce that Robert “Bob” […]

Huntington Tri-State Branch: Effort to preserve local African American history is worthwhile

David Harris, president of a newly formed group to preserve African American history in the Tri-State, stands outside the Memphis Tennessee Garrison house in Huntington. An effort has begun to […]

Assembly Passes Legislation Recognizing Abolition Commemoration Day and Juneteenth in New York State

Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember J. Gary Pretlow and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman today announced that the Assembly passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth and Abolition Commemoration Day in New York State. “African […]

Passing of Dr. Beverly Washington Jones

Dr. Beverly Washington Jones passed away today, July 19, 2020.  After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NC Central University, she made history by becoming the first Black woman […]

Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival in Memphis, TN 2020 Cancellation

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc. are complying with protocol from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the State of Tennessee Governor, Shelby County Health Department, Mayors Strickland, […]

When A Tree Falls On Its Own Well Toiled Ground: A Salute To Rev. C.T. Vivian

Tall trees are falling.  The Rev. C.T. Vivian, a friend of ASALH has gone to be with the ancestors.  I first met him in August 2011, at what was supposed […]

VIDEO: ASALH Mourns the Passing of Congressman John Lewis & Rev. C.T. Vivian

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) joins with the world in mourning the physical absence from our presence of Reverend Cordy Tindell Vivian and Congressman John Robert Lewis.

ASALH MOURNS THE PASSING OF CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS

Dear ASALH Members and Friends, When the sad news came that John Lewis had succumbed to pancreatic cancer, I found the words, “John Lewis is dead,” hard to say and […]

ABOLITION COMMEMORATION DAY IN NEW YORK STATE

The New York State Branches of The Association for The Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) will be celebrating Abolition Commemoration Day as a State Holiday on Monday, July 13, 2020. 

Video: US on Fire: Lionel Kimble, Association for the study of African American Life and History

Lionel Kimble, Vice President for Programs at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, reacts to protests in the US and what African-American, people of color face and how it affects their mental health.

The National Urban League releases ‘State of the 2020 Census: At Risk: An Accurate Black Count’

These are the findings of the National Urban League’s State of the 2020 Census report released today, “AT RISK: AN ACCURATE BLACK COUNT”

Let Us Heed the Words of Frederick Douglass on the Emancipation Memorial

If Frederick Douglass could see the controversy over the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. today, he would offer the following “reality check”—don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Sickle Cell Trait Research

The Uniformed Services University, America’s medical school, needs help informing African American Sickle Cell Trait carriers about a genomics study.

Shop for Black History Products

What you need to be ready for your Black History Programs all year long!

ASALH-TV PRESENTS: IN RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT

Topics In African American History, In The Spirit Of Woodson And Mary Mcleod Bethune

ASALH’s Position on Confederate Monuments

In 2017, ASALH’s president Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham stated our Position on Confederate Monuments in response to the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11-12, 2017 with its racist [...]

The AFRO and Afro Charities have teamed up to produce “To The Front: Black Women & The Vote”

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the AFRO and Afro Charities have teamed up to produce To The Front: Black Women & The Vote This […]

Alpha Kappa Alpha Announces Scholarships for George Floyd’s Daughter, Granddaughters

George Floyd’s daughter Gianna Floyd, attends a press conference with her mother Roxie Washington on June 2, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Stephen Maturen (Getty Images) Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority […]

The State of the Black Census

Over the past three months of 2020 Census operations, the National Urban League has observed low response rates across heavily populated Black localities – both urban and rural. We recognize […]

Senators Markey, Smith, Booker, and Harris Introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Washington (June 19, 2020) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.). and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) today announced they will introduce the Juneteenth National Independence […]

A Father’s Day Letter from ASALH

As we close out this week, which commemorates the 5th anniversary of the Charleston massacre, we recognize how far we still have to go in the fight for equity and reform in America.

Why Juneteenth Matters

Freedom delayed was just as sweet to the formerly enslaved men, women, and children in
Texas who received two pieces of good news on June 19, 1865: first, that the Civil War was over
and second, that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation two and half years
earlier.

Op Ed from James Stewart, Ph.D. President, Manasota ASALH

“Why We Can’t Wait:” Responding to Racial Protests – Then and NOW “Why We Can’t Wait” is the title of a 1964 book by Martin Luther King Jr. Describing the […]

EC Member Barbara Spencer Dunn in HISTORY UNTOLD

Dr. Walter Milton and Dr. Joel Freeman are the authors of a new K-12 textbook entitled Black History 365. Barbara Spencer Dunn is one of the members of the textbook […]

Wondery’s American History Tellers Revisits the Stonewall Inn

Wondery’s American History Tellers Revisits the Stonewall Inn 4-part series on Stonewall Riots premieres June 17 What: The police raid at New York’s Stonewall Inn on a busy Friday night […]

Legacy List with Matt Paxton on PBS currently casting season 2

Many of you know my partner Matt Paxton from his show Legacy List with Matt Paxton on PBS or from the TV show HOARDERS. He is currently casting season 2 of his hit show Legacy List.  We are looking for interesting seniors that are downsizing, aging in place or starting to sort through their home.

A Message from the President of ASALH

Death comes too swiftly, too easily to African American communities. COVID-19 has proved this, as it ravages our people and continues to destroy life in many ways: killing our loved ones outright; terminating jobs, food, and housing; and annihilating dreams for a better future. Yet death also comes too often, too unrelentingly from acts of racial injustice.

Arline Custer Memorial Award

Arline Custer Memorial Award DEADLINE: July 31, 2020 The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. This award honors the memory of Arline […]

ASALH and COVID-19

This message provides an update on the steps ASALH has taken regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our primary goal is to ensure your safety and well-being. By now, you know social distancing is an important new normal.

First Lynching Memorial Marker to Document Local History of Racial Violence

This article first appeared on May 14, 2020 on University of South Florida St. Petersburg website In 1914, John Evans was lynched in St. Petersburg. Evans was accused of the […]

“A Bench by The Road” By Anita Russell, Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of Pittsburgh

Back in 2019, while speaking at a local educational event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I met a woman by the name of Cynthia Devine-Kepner. It was one of those extraordinary encounters […]

Heritage Commission Seeks African American Perspective of the Coronavirus

Columbia — The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission has opened a web portal to capture African American impressions of the Coronavirus’ impact on their lives, and to establish a permanent […]

South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Newsletter

Those of us who have been blessed to, as the Bible says, have lived more than three score and 10 years might be tempted to think we have seen just […]

VIDEO: A Conversation with Marc Morial on Covid-19 and Census Day

A Conversation with Marc Morial On Covid-19/Census Day & Next Steps For Urban Communities hosted by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead.

ACHP Offers Additional Remote Learning During Pandemic

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today announced free online distance learning opportunities to meet the needs of those working remotely during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. These online […]

Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks and Dr. Ayesha Hardison held a Black Love Symposium

Executive Council Member Dr. Randall Jelks and Dr. Ayesha Hardison held a Black Love Symposium on the 80th Anniversary of the publication of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching […]

Sarah Lawrence Magazine features Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall featured in Sarah Lawrence Alumni Magazin

Atlanta Branch: A Second $500,000 Grant Received for Fountain Hall

A Second $500,000 Grant Received for Fountain Hall   The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects […]

VIDEO: Keynote Speaker Lonnie Bunch, 2020 ASALH Black History Month Luncheon

 The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) recently celebrated its Annual Black History theme of “African Americans and the Vote” at the 94th Annual […]

ASALH Mourns the passing of Professor David C. Driskell

Dear friends of the Driskell Center, We are sorry to inform you of the passing of Professor David C. Driskell on April 1st, 2020 at the age of 89. During […]

ASALH Mourns the passing of Civil Rights Icon Rev. Joseph Lowry

ASALH mourns the passing of Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, an outspoken civil rights icon. Dr. Lowery was a supporter of ASALH and served on the honorary committee for the Atlanta […]

Renovation of historic Fountain Hall gets major boost with grant for a new roof

This article first appeared on saportareport.com on March 23, 2020 Morris Brown’s Fountain Hall will get a new roof, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service African […]

$500K Mellon Grant Awarded to AAS at UMD for African/Black Diaspora Research Seminar

Dear friends and colleagues,   I am excited to share with you the wonderful news that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded $500,000 to the Department of African American Studies at […]

Birmingham based African American Artist Tony Bingham in exhibition at the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama

TONY BINGHAM: MEMORIAL MEDITATIONS February 28, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Opening on February 28, 2020, the Coleman Center for the Arts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of […]

Dreams must face reality for St. Pete’s Carter G. Woodson museum | Editorial

A modern home for the black history museum would be great. First it needs strong private financial support.

Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Celebrate Women’s History Month through Programs in the Parlor at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. Each
program blends a short talk, music, and more.

VP Franklin, Immediate Former Editor of the Journal of African American History, to be honored

Congratulations go to VP Franklin, Immediate Former Editor of the Journal of African American History will be honored at 2020 Outstanding Alumnus in the Humanities from Penn State University College of Liberal Arts.

The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America Book Tour

The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America (Beacon Press, March 3, 2020). It’s about the prophet Noble Drew Ali, founder of the Moorish […]

ASALH mourns the Passing of Hidden Figure Dr. Katherine Johnson

The mathematician’s experience showed how valuable diversity can be for inspiring scientific progress

Ford’s Theatre Exhibition Planning – POSTPONED

Ford’s Theatre is planning to completely redesign its main exhibition. One of our goals with this re-design is to emphasize the experiences of Washingtonians of all ethnicities, ages, classes, and genders around the time of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, and how they shaped our city today.

Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference

The annual JERRY MALLOY NEGRO LEAGUE CONFERENCE is hosted by the SOCIETY FOR AMERICAN BASEBALL RESEARCH (SABR’S) NEGRO LEAGUES COMMITTEE. Since 1998, the Conference is the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of Black baseball history.

Black History Luncheon Souvenir Journal

The 94th Annual Black History Luncheon Journal and Author’s Book Signing is online now!

Regal Theaters Offering Free Screenings Of Harriet During Black History Month

Regal has made the decision to offer free screenings of the film Harriet this Black History Month. The movie theater company wants to pay homage to Tubman by allowing fans […]

ASALH President’s Black History Month Message

February 1, 2020  Dear ASALH Members and Friends:  At the opening of Black History Month in 2020, ASALH invites all of America to reflect upon the annual theme “African Americans […]

How Black Lives Matter Is Changing What Students Learn During Black History Month

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN TIME MAGAZINE ON JANUARY 31, 2020 Freshman year can make anyone feel lost, but Seattle teen Janelle Gary felt especially lost when she entered high […]

Help Us Save and Rebuild Greenwood: The Original Black Wall Street in America

A cause that we all care about needs help, please spread the word. The Go Fund Me Page established by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce/Greenwood Community Development Corp. explains it […]

Special Thanks go to Our Black History Luncheon Sponsors

We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors for their support the 94th Annual Black History Luncheon.

Sacred Places

Supporting Historic Sacred Places to Promote the Common Good

Historic houses of worship contribute significant value to their communities. Sacred places function as hubs for social service programs, the arts, and are vital to human belonging. Many of these […]

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park & Visitor Center Programs

Black History Month Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in February Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with free, family-friendly events on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in February. Programs include: Ranger-led introductions to the […]

Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham will speak at The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum’s annual Black History Month observance at Marshall University

Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Department of History chair at Harvard and national president of ASALH, will speak at The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum’s annual Black History Month observance at […]

John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis Undergoing Cancer Treatment

December 29, 2019  Press Release Rep. John Lewis recently learned from doctors that he must undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer.  He released this statement today regarding his prognosis and his […]

Join the Charles A. Brown-BHAM Branch of ASALH Re-Organizing in 2020

To All Current, Former, and Prospective Members of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH): We write to announce our work to re-charter the Charles […]

Deadline Approaching: African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

If you or someone you know has a historic place such as a site, museum, or landscape representing African American cultural heritage, you’ll want to submit your Letter of Intent for the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Hampton Roads Branch Carter G. Woodson Birthday Commemoration

The Hampton Roads Branch held a wonderful birthday celebration for children to commemorate Dr. Woodson’s birthday.

Brookhaven NAACP, ASALH Executive Council member to receive award

Brookhaven NAACP is  proud to announce the branch’s honoree for this year’s award luncheon is Stonybrook Professor Zebulon Miletsky. Dr. Miletsky received his Ph.D. in African-American Studies with a concentration […]

ASALH South Florida Woodson’s Birthday Celebration

Our hats are off to Roslyn Dean, Makiba Foster, and Kelvin Watson for their vision to produce this inspiring event. The keynote speaker, Dr. Daryl Scott, Past President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, related some of Woodson’s history to the audience.

ASALH Announces 2020 Black History Theme, African Americans and the Vote

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.

Michael Allen Presents: Reconstructing Reconstruction

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, focuses on demystifying and providing an accurate portrayal of what occurred during the Reconstruction years and why. Allen’s motto is: “To understand the present and move toward the future, you must first know and accept your past.”

ASALH member Michelle Duster will ride on the Suffrage Float during The Rose Bowl

January 1st, the Rose Bowl Parade will take place in Pasadena, CA.  ASALH member Michelle Duster will be on the Suffrage Float. This is historic as there will only be […]

Register to judge for the DC National History Day competition

I invite you to serve as a judge at the 2020 DC National History Day competition on Monday, April 6 (Junior Division) and/or Tuesday, April 7 (Senior Division) at the […]

Miami Dade County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association “Asks for your help”

GIVE A GIFT FROM YOUR HEART Donate Toys (youth ages 2-11) Gift cards (for age 12-18) Cash to help purchase food items for parties   NOW THRU DECEMBER 24, 2019 TOYS […]

Manhattan Branch meeting with Farah Jasmine Griffin

The special Manhattan Branch meeting with Farah Jasmine Griffin was a huge success. December 7, 2019 at 1 pm on 503 West 145th St, New York, NY  (Hamilton Grange Branch […]

AACRN Twitter Account is now live!

The African American Civil Rights Network @CivilRightsNPS The African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN) is coordinated by the National Park Service to commemorate the modern civil rights movement in the […]

2020 Black History Theme Products are in stock!

The official Black History Kit and posters are in stock and ready to ship. The Kit includes a copy of the Black History Month Bulletin, with suggestions on sharing and […]

Statement of Solidarity from the Haitian Studies Association

Haitian Studies Association (HSA) Statement of Solidarity with the People of Haiti The Haitian Studies Association is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization created in 1987. Our mission is to promote the […]

SNCC 60TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

SNCC 60TH ANNIVERSARY Organizing for Power April 16 – 19, 2020 Washington, DC Sixty years ago, young activists gathered at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, to begin planning their […]

PBS-TV American Experience Series National Broadcast

PBS-TV American Experience Series National Broadcast Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory, Tues., Nov. 19, 2019, 9:00 PM EDT;  After the broadcast, view the documentary webvideo  on the PBS-TV American Experience […]

Groundbreaking Celebration – International African American Museum

  On October 25, 2019, a groundbreaking celebration for the International African American Museum was enjoyed by more than 850 guests, as well as more than 10,000 people via live-stream. […]

Celebrate the 144th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Carter G. Woodson

The Broward County Libraries’ African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) invite you to a special celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He is known as […]

Carter G. Woodson Birthday Wine and Cheese Celebration

Carter G. Woodson Birthday Wine and Cheese Celebration Please join us for this celebration of ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday. This will be a Wine and Cheese gathering with […]

The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation Conference

Lynching in Maryland: The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation 2nd Annual Conference November 16, 2019 @ 9:00AM — 12:30PM The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project is honored to host our second conference, “Lynching in […]

ACHP releases Early Coordination with Indian Tribes handbook

ACHP Chairman announces Early Coordination with Indian Tribes handbook now available WASHINGTON, D.C.— As the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) commemorates National Native American Heritage Month, Chairman Aimee Jorjani […]

Preserve Your Family Treasures at NMAAHC

District Treasures at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Register to attend a 15-minute one-on-one session with preservation specialists and receive a professional review of your family treasures […]

Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday celebration on Martha’s Vineyard

Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday celebration on December 12, 2019 at 2:00 p. m. Location:  Martha’s Vineyard Television Station, Edgartown /Vineyard Haven Road. We will have a special reading […]

Out & About: Black history program focuses on telling our stories

This article first appeared February 19, 2019 in the Philadelphia Tribune The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Philadelphia Heritage Branch held their Annual Black […]

Save the Date The Annual Black History Luncheon

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – BECOME A SPONSOR The Annual Black History Luncheon is a great opportunity to celebrate our history and our future. 2020 THEME – African Americans and the […]

VIDEO: Groundbreaking ceremony for African American Civil War Museum/ Grimke Re-development Project

(Washington, DC) – Today, as part of #DCHousingWeek, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, and Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau celebrated […]

ASALH Mourns the passing of Mrs. Florence Radcliffe

Mrs. Florence Racliffe was 103 years old and was the oldest active member of ASALH. She was a dedicated and committed keeper of the legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. […]

1619 project: African exploration of Florida long predates slaves’ arrival

This article first appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal Online, October 21, 2019 A Bethune-Cookman symposium, “Before 1619,” is a look back at 400 years since the arrival of the first […]

Celebrating the Life of James A. Donaldson, Ph.D.

October 21, 2019 Dear Howard University Community, James A. Donaldson, Ph.D., a wise counselor, prolific mathematician, and true Southern gentleman, died Friday.   James A. Donaldson was born in 1941 […]

Special Thanks go to Our Conference Sponsors

We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors for making the 104th Annual Conference a great success.

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham honored at conference at Brown University

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham was honored by a conference on her work at Brown University,Friday, September 20, 2019. The focus was be her groundbreaking and influential book Righteous Discontent. Righteous Discontent: The […]

Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Emily England Clyburn

ASALH express our deepe condolences to the Clyburn Family for the passing of Emily England Clyburn

Sadly, ASALH shares the passing of Dr. Edward Beasley Jr.

Nationally known educator and historian Dr. Edward Beasley Jr., was born June 3, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska to Edward Sr., and Vesta Sanders Beasley. He accepted Christ at an early […]

A Forum on School Choice Presented by Bethel21

  School choice is perhaps one of the most divisive topics in American communities generally and the black community especially. There are those who support charter schools and see them […]

African-American Civil War Vets Added to Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

PUBLISHED September 5, 2019   Dedicated on July 4, 1894, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument on Public Square in downtown Cleveland honors the men and women of Cuyahoga County who […]

Lost MLK Speech to go on the Auction Block

The upcoming Guernsey’s auction includes a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King JR 95% of which was, until now, lost to history (only the last few minutes have been placed on the public record). […]

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month

Maryland: The Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storytelling Destination in the World BALTIMORE, MD (September 3, 2019) – Governor Larry Hogan today proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland […]

All Day Walk-Up Entry on Weekdays Begins Sept. 2 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

New Discount for Federal Employees at Sweet Home Café Beginning Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will not need […]

Official 400 Years Of Perseverance Event

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Hampton Roads, Virginia ASALH Branch Thank You for Joining Us In Commemorating 400 Years Of Perseverance.

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III to Embark on National Book Tour

“A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump” on sale Sept. 24 Lonnie G. Bunch III, the […]

Hampton Roads Branch discussion of the book “Warmth of Other Suns”

In partnership with the 2019 Hampton Commemorative Commission, Hampton Roads  Branch held a discussion of the book Warmth of Other Suns.  This was the kick-off for the upcoming event.  One […]

The African American Monument on South Carolina State House Grounds

Senators Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson Sponsors of The African American Monument on The South Carolina State House Grounds

Global Journey for Children Inc “Global Journey Scholar”

2019 Global Journey Scholar  Winner to be announced at the 30th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival on September 28, 2019  Award: $250.00 & GJFC Certificate  LET THE CHILDREN’S VOICES BE HEARD: […]

Chicago Painted Chocolate: Art and the Great Migration

Cohosted with The HistoryMakers and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Manilow Senior Curator Naomi Beckwith leads a panel conversation featuring luminaries in Chicago’s […]

Michael Allen to serve as the chairperson of the Reconstruction Beaufort Advisory Board

I’m delighted to be able to announce that Michael Allen, who many of us know as the “father” of the Gullah Geechee Corridor and the Reconstruction Era National Monument, now […]

Reserve your Room for The 104th Annual Meeting and Conference

Rooms are limited at the Embassy Suites Hotel however ASALH has made arrangements with these two hotels that are a short walk from the Convention Center.

Toni Morrison, Whose Soaring Novels Were Rooted In Black Lives, Dies At 88

This article first appeared on npr.org, August 6, 2019 When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once […]

Help the National Park Service Finalize Exhibits for Carter G. Woodson Home NHS

Please help the National Park Service (NPS) tell the story and honor the legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. You’re invited to share your feedback on exhibit designs at an […]

Charleston’s CVB launches new website for African American stories

Voices: Stories of Change, is our newest website to launch, providing an introduction to African American life and history within the Charleston area. Following, is an article from our local […]

Register for the 104th Annual Meeting and Conference

The ASALH Annual Convention is an occasion to explore the history and culture of Africans and people of African descent. Our convention brings together more than one thousand people, including […]

Embracing Our Pearls of Wisdom, Inc. ANNUAL Recognition Dinner & Fundraiser “Serving Others with Loving Intentions”

Saturday, September 28, 2019 3:00pm Cameron Grove Resort Center Ballroom 100 Cameron Grove Boulevard Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Includes: RECOGNITION PROGRAM, “KEYNOTE SPEAKER FROM HOWARD UNIVERSITY SOCIAL WORK and GERONTOLOGY […]

Hands Across Gun Hill 2019 5th Anniversary

Commemorating the 192nd Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in New York State and bringing to attention the unnecessary shootings and deaths of unarmed members of our communities in the […]

Footprints of My Ancestors: The Real Legacy of the Chicago Defender

Footprints of My Ancestors: The Real Legacy of the Chicago Defender By Myiti Sengstacke-Rice Today is officially the first week that the Chicago Defender Newspaper has not printed in over […]

Sadly, ASALH shares the passing of Former Vice President Rev. Richard. T. Adams, Jr.

Rev. Richard T. Adams was a dedicated and loyal life and Samuel L. Banks Branch (Baltimore, MD) member of ASALH. He served many years on the Executive Council and was […]

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

An Evening with Margot Lee Shetterly & Gladys West Thursday, August 8 6:00 – 8:00 pm Robins Family Forum VMHC, in partnership with WCVE PBS, will present a special program […]

Network to Freedom Training September 11-14, 2019

The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program, the Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad […]

Phil Freelon, Durham architect of African-American History museum, dies

Phil Freelon, architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture passed from labor to reward on July 9, 2019.

Atlanta Branch – African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Planning Grant will help Morris Brown’s Fountain (Stone) Hall

The Atlanta Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), in collaboration with Morris Brown College, is proud to announce being selected as the […]

African American Civil Rights Network

National Park Service announces the public roll out of the African American Civil Rights Network. They are excited to work with the Association for the Study of African American Life […]

The 7th Annual Corporate Equity & Inclusion Roundtable Conference

The Edna McKenzie Branch in Pittsburgh, PA represented ASALH at The 7th Annual Corporate Equity & Inclusion Roundtable Conference.   (ASALH members: Ronald B. Saunders-Front row next to Betty Pickett,  Betty […]

Senate Confirms Aimee Jorjani As First Full-time Achp Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Senate voted on June 27 to confirm Aimee Jorjani as the first full-time chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). “I am honored to be […]

Mapping Virginia’s Slave Dwellings

A few months back we told you about a short documentary coming out from Google Earth Outreach. The six-minute film highlights the work our Encyclopedia Virginia and African American Programs […]

Church’s striking and obscure story marked on Beale Street

This article first appeared in The Daily Memphian on June 25, 2019 With a half-dozen Corvettes, a Beale Street trumpet and an African drum, fez-wearing Moolahs and Elks, Beale Street […]

Wade in The Water Celebrates It’s 25th Anniversary

Wade in the Water celebrates the sacred music traditions of African American culture in a 26-part documentary series created and hosted by Bernice Johnson Reagon, composer, scholar, and social activist.Wade, […]

The Passing of Professor Adelaide Cromwell

CROMWELL, Adelaide McGuinn, Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Sociology, Boston University, peacefully gave life a passing grade in hospice care on June 8, 2019. She held her final class in Brookline, […]

Life Member, Mrs. Florence Radcliffe turns 103

Mrs. Florence Radcliffe turned 103 on June 1. She is a former Executive Council member, a life member, and a member of the Bethel Dukes Branch in DC.   Born […]

2019 Emanuel Nine Commemoration

Charleston, SC – June 4, 2019 – In advance of the four-year commemoration of the Emanuel Nine tragedy, Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Churchannounced today plans and events scheduled to observe the […]