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ONYX Magazine’s Men of Honor Gala Recognizes ASALH Member Rodney Hurst

Rodney Hurst is a lifetime ASALH member and a member of the James Weldon Johnson Branch.

Zebulon Miletsky to be Honored by the Black Authors Festival (Sag Harbor)

ASALH member Zebulon Miletsky will be honored with the Civil Rights and Humanitarian Award by the 2024 Black Authors Festival in Sag Harbor.

ASALH Philadelphia Heritage Branch News: President Regina Vaughn Saluted as a Temple University Golden Owl

On Wednesday, May 8, 2024 Regina Vaughn, President of the Philadelphia Heritage Branch was honored as a Temple University Golden Owl.

Executive Council Member Dr. Kenvi Phillips Appointed as the Director of the Barack Obama Presidential Library!

Executive Council Member Dr. Kenvi Phillips - Public History student- Appointed as the Director of the Barack Obama Presidential Library! Congratulations go to Executive Council Member Dr. Kenvi Phillips, the [...]

Public Pathways: Lessons about PhD Careers from 10 Years of Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

There is a persistent false perception that the humanities PhD is primarily a training program for future university faculty researchers. In reality, PhDs in the humanities and interpretive social sciences have meaningful careers in a variety of sectors, from academia to industry, government and nonprofits.

ASALH CELEBRATES THE 70 TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BROWN DECISION

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Brown v. Board Education of Topeka case that racially segregated schools were unconstitutional.

A Proclamation on 70th Anniversary Brown V. Board of Education

Seventy years ago, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation in our Nation’s public schools, finding that “separate but equal” is “inherently unequal.”

Former Rochester community garden coordinator shares her methods for a healthy garden

Pamela Reese Smith is the definition of having a green thumb. She transformed her backyard in the city of Rochester into an urban oasis.

ASALH Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group Branch Institutional Member, William Jewell College, Acknowledges Enslavement History

On Monday, May 6, 2024, William Jewell College dedicated a Freedom Walk, one of several ways Jewell’s Racial Reconciliation Commission is telling a fuller and more accurate history of the College founded in 1849.

A Tribute to Mrs. Elnora Lewis

To Mrs. Elnora Lewis, May 16, 2024 On behalf of ASALH President, Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney and the Executive Council I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the […]

Florida education restrictions spur community ‘teach-ins’ on Black history

In recent years, conservative lawmakers have sought to limit how public schools teach race and history. To combat those efforts, community groups are stepping in to fill the void.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Archivist, Historian, and Author Dr. Walter B. Hill, Jr.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) strategic goals and mission, NARA archivist, historian, and author Dr. Walter B. Hill, Jr., will be […]

Woodson Ambassador Program

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History proudly announces its Woodson Ambassador Program, which is an early professional training for History, Public History, and Museum Studies Scholars.

ASALH Our Authors Study Club Los Angeles Branch Plans Inaugural Curated Trip to South Africa – Join Us!

ASALH Our Authors Study Club Los Angeles Branch would like to extend invitation to others who may want to take this inaugural curated trip to South Africa with us in November. The last info session is tomorrow, May 2, at Noon and 6:00 PM PST.

Celebrate the Library’s NAACP Records with Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, author of “The Voting Rights War: The NAACP

ASALH member and former EC member Esquire Gloria Browne Marshall will be speaking at the Library of Congress. We the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH encourage all able and available in the DMV to attend this robust discourse on the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

April 2024 African American Civil Rights Network Newsletter (AACRN)

Welcome to our April newsletter! The AACRN newsletter is your guide to what’s happening in the program, upcoming opportunities, member news, and spotlights.

ETIC Opens Applications for the 2024 Mississippi Delta Film Academy

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center will be hosting the fourth annual Delta Film Academy for high school students June 17-28, 2024. Led by Dr. Davis Houck and Dr. Pablo Correa, […]

American Council of Learned Societies Expands Eligibility for ACLS Fellowship Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) today announced an expansion of the eligibility requirements for the ACLS Fellowship Program. Starting this coming academic year, in the 2024-25 competition, the […]

Revival: Black Classical Music in American Concert

Free event, in partnership with The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, featuring classical performers and the exploration of Classical Music in American History.

W. Marvin Dulaney Branch of ASALH D/FW Celebrates Success at the 2024 Heritage Bowl

We are thrilled to announce the remarkable achievements of our first-time participants and winners at the prestigious 2024 Heritage Bowl. Richardson High School of Richardson, Texas, emerged victorious in the high school category, under the guidance of Coach Ms. Mauriqua Owens.

Congressman Hakeem and Dr. Hasan Jeffries Discuss the 2024 Political Season and ‘Backlash’ Against Blacks

During the final weekend of Black History Month 2024, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and his younger brother and college professor, Dr. Hasan Jeffries, sat down to discuss the current political season and the recent backlash against African Americans.

Dorothy Porter Wesley Award Now Accepting Nominations

The Dorothy Porter Wesley Award was established in 2018 by the Information Professionals of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to honor and document […]

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Educator & Activist Dr. Bertha L. Maxwell-Roddey

South Carolina educator and racial activist Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey, passed away March 20.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Newatha Myers

Newatha Myers has passed on leaving a legacy of being president of the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation for more than 20 years and used her leadership to help raise more than $50,000 for scholarships and to build the Woodson statue on Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington.

ASALH Our Authors Study Club, Inc. Branch Plans November Trip to Southern Africa

OASC Announces the first of two information sessions in preparation for an immersive eleven day trip to southern Africa November 2024. Limited space is available.

Winners of the 2024 Robert & Charmaine Price African American Heritage Bowl

It is with great pride and joy that we announce the High School and Middle School winners of the 2024 Robert and Charmaine Price African American Heritage Bowl. Despite the challenges faced, the spirit of competition and knowledge prevailed as teams showcased their intellect and passion for African American heritage.

ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Resumes Freedom School Programming

The St. Petersburg Branch of ASALH, Inc, is hosting their winter/spring Freedom School session, March 221, April 18, and May 16, 2024.

Rahway High School Black History Class Receives Gift from ASALH, Organization that Started Black History Month

RAHWAY, NJ — As a lovely coda to Black History Month, students in Mr. David Brighouse’s African American Studies class enjoyed a special surprise last week when a package arrived at the school addressed to their teacher but containing something that was really for them.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Activist Dorie Ladner

Friends of Dorie Ladner, Dorie Ann Ladner, our sister, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024.  She was special in her fierce battles against racism and white supremacy. The great lesson […]

2023-2024 Reader Views Literary Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023-2024 Reader Views Literary Awards program. The Reader Views Literary Awards program helps level the playing field for self-published authors, recognizing the most creative and exciting new books in the industry.

Tutwiler hotel removes historical photo after complaint

A Birmingham hotel is removing a photo of Confederate army veterans after a guest complained. Ahmar Mustikhan, an activist and writer, said he did not like seeing a photo in the Tutwiler Hotel that depicts a 1916 Confederate veterans reunion.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Tackle Importance of Voting With Historic, Joint Rally And Summit

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. joined with the four other National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities for a Young Voter Rally and Voter Summit as part of its historic 3rd Annual NPHC Fraternity Days on the Hill initiative, which includes panel discussions and meetings with partners, and other officials, March 10-12.

Statement of Position on Alabama SB129 and Similar Bills From Alabama Branches of ASALH

TO: Members of the Alabama State Legislature   Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Charles A. Brown-Birmingham, Alabama, Branch Mobile, Alabama, Branch Harper Councill Trenholm […]

Award Nominations are Open!

The Awards Committee of ASALH seeks nominations from current ASALH members for awards.

House Dem Leader Jeffries And Brother Claim The Spotlight At ASALH’s 98th Annual Black History Month Festival Luncheon

In a vibrant tribute to Black History Month, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) continued the legacy of its founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson in an exciting way, by hosting its 98th annual Black History Month Festival Luncheon on Feb. 24. 

2024 State of Black America Report

Register and join us virtually Tuesday, March 5th at 9:00 AM for our Opening Plenary featuring an exclusive first look at the 2024 State of Black America Report.

Executive Council Nominations Close April 12!

The Nominating Committee of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) seeks nominations for the Executive Council, Class of 2027

ASALH Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group Black History Month Program: “Gordon Parks: The Renaissance Man”

On Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 1:00 pm, the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group held its annual Black History Month celebration and meeting at the Black Archives of Mid-America located at 1722 E. 17th Ter., Kansas City, MO 64108.

The Eight Annual Carter G. Woodson Luncheon Honors Robert and Charmaine Price

The contributions of Mr. Robert and Dr. Charmaine Price were recognized on February 10, 2024, at the 8th Annual Carter G. Woodson Luncheon of the DFW Branch of ASALH. The luncheon was attended by family, friends, and members of the Dallas education community.

Poor People’s Campaign looks to mobilize voters in key battleground states

Poor People’s Campaign, an organization led by Rev. William Barber of North Carolina and 2024 Co-Chair of Mobilization and Strategy Dorothy Jackson, is taking steps to mobilize low-income voters in key battleground states ahead of the November election.

Black Churches and Freedom Schools in Florida are Teaching Black History

Black churches and Freedom Schools are now the sites where frustrated Black Florida residents are bringing family and friends to take uncensored classes on Black History.

Barbara D. Savage wins The ASALH Book Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara D. Savage on being named the winner of the 2024 ASALH Book Prize for her remarkable work, ‘Merze Tate’!

Remarks by President Biden at a Reception in Recognition of Black History Month

“Through this Black History Month and each day we feel the grace of God, let’s act. Let us act in light and truth and freedom. The power really is in our hands. It’s not hyperb- — it’s in our hands.”

ASALH Mentioned in ESSENCE

Every February, we celebrate the history, achievements, and impact of Black Americans during Black History Month. Black History Month evolved from “Negro History Week,” which was founded in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASALH).

Why Is Black History Month In February, The Shortest Month? by Brittany Wong

eople often question why Black History Month happens in February, the shortest month in the calendar year. Historians say there’s a simple answer: Black History Month ― which began in 1926 as Negro History Week ― is in February because it coincides with the birthdays of two important figures in the abolitionist movement: President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

“Hughes in Wilson, NC”

Celebrate Langston Hughes’ February 10, 1949 trip to Wilson, NC! Attend all or part of the tour during this fun-filled day.

The Black history that isn’t taught: Historians share lesser known moments in US racial history

As written By Kiara Alfonseca   The deadly voting rights campaign known as Freedom Summer, the successful Black labor rights movement during the Great Depression, and the long fight for desegregation […]

The Home of Carter G. Woodson, the Man Behind Black History Month by The New York Times

The origins of Black History Month can be traced back nearly a hundred years to an unassuming, three-story brick rowhouse in Washington. In 1922, Carter G. Woodson, known as “the father of Black history,” bought the home at 1538 Ninth Street for $8,000.

More than just one month: How the district teaches Black history year-round in our schools

As written by Vickie Gutierrez Feb. 1, 2024 – For Social Studies teacher Jenecy Griffin, her first rule is simple — have fun.  “There’s never a dull moment when it […]

ASALH sadly mourns the passing of Joe Madison, the Black Eagle

Joe Madison was a civil rights activist, author, and groundbreaking radio personality. He was a great supporter of ASALH, our events and programs,  and Black life, history, and culture. His […]

Fort Mose Unveils Historic Reconstruction Project in Landmark Groundbreaking Ceremony

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — In a collaborative effort, the Fort Mose Historical Society and the Florida State Parks Foundation hosted a historic groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024.

African American History Month Proclamation from the City of Baker, Louisiana

Now, therefore, the mayor and City Council of the city of Baker, Louisiana, do hereby proclaim and declare that the month of February 2024 shall be known as African American history month in Baker, Louisiana. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the city of baker, Louisiana, this 23rd day of January 2024.

Black History Month Souvenir Journal

The 98th Annual Black History Month Luncheon and Virtual Festival Souvenir Journal is available in digital format for an immersive journey through history!

The Memorial Foundation Announces 2024 Class of Social Justice Fellows

The Memorial Foundation, builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, announced today its third Social Justice Fellows Program cohort. The Foundation will engage fifty emerging leaders nationwide through a virtual eight-week curriculum centered around advocacy, community organizing and public policy.

The World Premiere of EDUCATORS TO AFRICA at the Denton Black Film Festival in Texas featuring two ASALH members from the PhilaMontco Branch

We are highlighting the importance of sharing and celebrating Joy within the Black community and beyond. The celebration of positivity, freedom, and the fulfillment of being yourself. The Denton Black Film Festival has grown into a five-day event that allows you, our guest, to immerse yourself in some of the best artistic showcases of cinema, music, spoken word, art and more.

Network to Freedom 2023 Wrap-Up Newsletter

We are excited to share our Network to Freedom 2023 Wrap-Up Newsletter. This newsletter is a celebration of the incredible achievements, collaborations, and milestones that have defined the Network throughout the year.

The ASALH Book Prize Finalists Announced

The winner(s) of the ASALH Book Prize will be announced on ASALH TV on February 20th at 6:00 p.m. EST. This event is part of the 2024 ASALH Black History Month Festival.

ASALH Prince George’s County Truth Branch Event, The Mis-Education Remix – A banned books celebration and discussion.

On Saturday December 2, 2023, The Prince George’s County Truth Branch held The Mis-Education Remix- A banned books celebration and discussion.

USPS Celebrates Judiciary Trailblazer Constance Baker Motley With 47th Black Heritage Stamp

The 47th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), civil rights pioneer and the first African American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first to serve as a federal judge.

W. Marvin Dulaney Branch of ASALH D/FW Carter G. Woodson Luncheon Honoring Robert and Charmaine Price

The Carter G. Woodson Luncheon will be held in honor of Robert and Charmaine Price, two individuals who are “Education Advocates and Community Leaders for Over 60 Years”.

ASALH announces Annual Black History Theme of 2024

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is proud to announce the Annual Black History theme of African Americans and the Arts for 2024.

ASALH Names New Editor of Its Preeminent Journal of African American History Published by the University of Chicago Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is proud to announce that it has selected Bertis D. English, professor of history at Alabama State University (ASU), as the new editor for the Journal of African American History (JAAH). Dr. English will succeed Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie of Michigan State University, who served as editor for several years.

We’re back! ASALH celebrates African Americans and the Arts during its annual Black History Month Festival

ASALH will celebrate the return of our annual in-person Black History Month Luncheon on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at the Westin Washington, DC Downtown

Black History & Culture at TPL—A Joyous Year & Joyous Work

Trust for Public Land achieved a milestone in 2023, formally launching the Black History and Culture initiative, after decades of protecting Black spaces as an organic part of the mission. […]

Press Release: Interior Secretary Haaland designates 18 new sites of natural, historical significance

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today designated 16 new National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) and two new National Natural Landmarks (NNLs). The designations reflect the importance of the sites in sharing America’s rich history and extraordinary natural features.

National Park Service initiates Dearfield Special Resource Study, invites public input

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the launch of a special resource study (SRS) of the historic Dearfield Settlement, located approximately 25 miles east of Greeley in Weld County, Colorado. Established by entrepreneur Oliver Toussaint Jackson in 1910, Dearfield was the largest African American homesteading settlement in Colorado, reaching its peak in the late 1910s and early 1920s.

Accepting Applications: The African American Civil Rights Network

Do you own, work with, or know of a property, facility, or program that helps to tell the story of African American civil rights histories? How would
you like to contribute to the growing network that commemorates and interprets civil rights stories and histories that is ongoing? If so, please join the African American Civil Rights Network which is a collection of properties, facilities, and programs that offer a comprehensive overview of the people, places, and events associated with the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and African American civil rights histories.

Congressman Mfume and Senator Cardin Introduce Legislation to Preserve African American History and Culture

Today, the first day of Black History Month 2023, Congressman Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) announced the introduction of his National Council on African American History and Culture Act of 2023 in the United States House of Representatives.

AFA Press Release from the Council of Presidents

The Council of Presidents (COP) of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., the leadership body representing the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities, expresses concern about Florida’s hostile policies and treatment of African Americans and marginalized communities during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) conference in Tampa, Florida from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2.

Buy Luncheon Tickets!

Join us on February 24, 2024, at the Westin in Washington, DC, for an unforgettable celebration of culture, history, and unity. General tickets start at just $150! Secure your spot early and be part of this empowering experience!

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Annual Birthday Celebration

Join the National Park Service and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), as we come together to celebrate the 148th anniversary of the birth of “the Father of African American History”, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson and the 90th Anniversary of his most important work, The Mis-Education of the Negro.

Free Access for K-12 Teachers to 2023 Conference Sessions

K-12 Teachers Apply for Free Access to the Virtual Sessions from the 2023 Annual Conference in Jacksonville

ASALH Rose Family Cleveland Branch Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday 2023 Celebration

Vice-President of the Rose Family Cleveland ASALH Branch interviewed Dr. Craig Woodson, President of the Rose Family Cleveland ASALH Branch. Dr. Woodson told his story of how he realized in 1984 that after years of studying African drumming and three years of musical research in Ghana that his family was among the first enslavers of Africans in Jamestown in 1619.

Army War College Foundation Honors ASALH Member Col. Edna W. Cummings

Since January 2018, retired Army Col. Edna W. Cummings has worked to bring recognition to the all-black WWII Women’s Army Corps unit the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion also known as the Six Triple Eight.

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Special Resource Study

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Special Resource Study is complete.

ASALH Executive Council Member Denise Rolark Barnes Named Honoree Of 2023 WABJ President’s Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 PRESS CONTACT: Kenrick Thomas [email protected] Washington, D.C. — The Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) is proud to announce that Denise Rolark Barnes, […]

Manasota ASALH Freedom School receives $225,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Marlyn G. Harwell Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                 October 24, 2023 CONTACT: David G. Wilkins, President, Manasota ASALH   (989) 980-0555 Dave Harralson,  Corresponding Secretary (941) 870-5516   $200,000 Community Foundation of Sarasota County Grant […]

AP African Studies California Pioneer Dr. Donald Singleton & OASC Branch President Featured 10/25/23 On Dominique DiPrima First Things First Morning Show KBLA1580 TALK RADIO

Los Angeles, CA – Our Authors Study Club, an organization dedicated to making the world more aware of, more connected to, and more invested in the African American and the […]

ASALH Congratulates Gloria Browne-Marshall on EMMY Win

ASALH member Gloria Browne-Marshall wins an EMMY for “Your Democracy” as writer and host of this animated series on the U.S. Constitution produced by WHYY, an affiliate of PBS/NPR.

W. Marvin Dulaney Statement of Thanks

  Dear Attendees, ASALH Members and Friends, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who joined us at the 108th Annual ASALH Meeting & […]

Robin White, U.S. National Park Service

Robin White Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Indiana Dunes National Park, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Petroglyph National Monument, William […]

ASALH Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group Founder’s Day Program: Black Reparations: An Issue Whose Time Has Come

On Saturday, the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group hosted its annual Founder’s Day program at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The meeting featured speaker, Attorney Gilbert R. (Mickey) Dean.

Eyewitnesses to the Movement: The Lowcountry and Civil Rights Movement

Join the Center for Civil Rights History and Research for a reception and conversation with the veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Panelists include Rodney Hurst, Oveta Glover, Dr. Millicent Brown, and Dr. Dan Carter. Learn how their resilience, tenacity, and determination changed and continue to change the world.

UB faculty member instrumental in designating historical marker for Black suffragist

By ALEXANDRA SACCONE Undergraduate English major Published September 8, 2023   A new historical marker celebrating Black suffragist Charlotte Dett was unveiled recently during a ceremony in Niagara Falls, thanks to […]

NewYorkRep 10-Year Anniversary Benefit To Celebrate Women Who Have Impacted Theatre, September 18

NewYorkRep celebrates 10 years of producing theatre that inspires social change with a dinner benefit event on September 18 at Harbor Lights Yacht – Skyport Marina (2430 FDR Drive, NYC). Honoring five women who have impacted theatre, the benefit evening celebrates NewYorkRep founder Gayle D. Waxenberg, and producer and an theatre artist advocate Nan Barnett, playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks (War Words, H*tler’s Tasters), playwright Gloria J. Browne Marshall (Shot: Caught A Soul, Dreams of Emmett Till), and director and NewYorkRep Artistic Director Sarah Norris (War Words, H*tler’s Tasters).

Banned Book Read Out

In a powerful display of unity and resilience, the oldest African American History organization in the US, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and the courageous Jacksonville community are holding an inspiring workshop/gathering to challenge the unjust policies which make it a crime to teach the history, culture, and literature of Black Americans.

Black scholars will mobilize in Jacksonville next month after a racist shooting

The ASALH conference runs from Sept 20-24 with a focus on Black resistance and the teaching of Black history. Published August 29, 2023 at 9:50 AM EDT | WUSF Public […]

ASALH Condemns the Horrific Killings in Jacksonville

The members of the ASALH are saddened by the killing of Angela Michelle Carr, 52; Anolt Joseph Laguerre Jr., known as A.J., 29, who worked at the Dollar General Store; and Jerrald De’Shau by another deranged gunman.

ASALH Prince George’s County Truth Branch Presents, Roberts Rule of Order Training Session

It’s not too late to register for Robert’s Rules of Order webinar on August 23!

We Are Running to the Fight!

ASALH Brings its Conference to Jacksonville, Florida with Annual Theme: “Black Resistance”

Florida’s New Middle School Academic Standards Will Harm All of Florida’s Children

Florida’s Board of Education’s new “academic standards” require middle school children to learn “how slaves developed skills which in some instances could be applied for their personal benefit.”

President Biden Designates Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

President Joe Biden will leverage his executive authority to create the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

Florida’s Black History Task Force Stacked with Desantis Allies – WTSP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education has appointed six new members to the Florida Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force weeks after 10 Investigates exposed the task force has been shrinking for years.

PRESS RELEASE – After 100 Years, The Descendants Of Rosewood Return To Tour The Wright House, The Only Surviving Structure in Rosewood Following the 1923 Massacre

Today, the Descendants of Rosewood Foundation, Inc. announced a significant milestone for the families of those lost during the historic 1923 Rosewood massacre.

ASALH’s Black History Bulletin Digital Cover Wins Clarion Award, Receives Top National Honors

Celebrating the BHB’s 85th anniversary with the theme of Black Resistance, the award-winning and interactive digital cover was recognized in the Education category, marking the first national honor for the coveted publication.

School Named in Honor of Dr. Lois Harrison-Jones

Dr. Lois Harrison-Jones, Professor Emerita of the Howard University, School of Education and the Past National President of NABSE and Continental Societies, Inc.® was recently recognized and honored by two […]

W. Marvin Dulaney Founding Branch Member Joan Bouldin

W Marvin Dulaney, founding branch member Joan Bouldin submitted an article to the Dallas County Chronicle, a newsletter of the Dallas County Historical Commission, summarizing the incredible festivities that took […]

The NAACP Travel Advisory for Florida

The NAACP has posted a Travel Advisory for the State of Florida. They outline how advocacy can be a part of your visit.

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch 28th Anniversary & 152nd Birthday of James Weldon Johnson

The James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH (The Association for the Study of African American Life and History) held its 28th Anniversary of the founding of the branch and commemorated the 152nd birthday of James Weldon Johnson at The River Club, Suite 3400, 1 Independent Drive in Jacksonville, Florida.

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch Members Attend African American History Summer Writing Institute

On Thursday, June 29, 2023, James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH President Hazel Gillis, a member of the Duval County Public School African American History Task Force attended the African American History Summer Writing Institute Showcase to the public along with some members of the branch.

White House Proclamation on Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month, 2023

Charles L. Blockson, celebrated historian of African American culture, scholar, and prolific author, has died at 89 by The Philadelphia Inquirer

Charles L. Blockson, world-renowned historian of African American culture, founder and curator emeritus of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, award-winning scholar, and prolific author, died Wednesday, June 14, at his home in Gwynedd. He was 89.

Frederick Douglass Home Reopens July 4

Join us at the reopening of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on July 4! The celebration will start at 11 a.m. with a special ceremony featuring a ribbon-cutting, music, and a dramatic portrayal of Douglass’s famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

The Department of the Navy Announces Correction to Records of the ‘Philadelphia 15’

The Department of the Navy (DON) announced the correction to records of 15 Sailors formerly assigned to USS Philadelphia (CL-41) (commonly referred to as the ‘Philadelphia 15’) in a ceremony at the Pentagon on June 16.

The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group Presents The Wounded World: W.E.B. Du Bois & WWI

In celebration of Juneteenth, The GKCBHSG closed out the first half of its program year on June 19, 2023, with a lecture presented by Dr. Chad Williams discussing his latest book, The Wounded World: W.E.B. DuBois & WW I.

CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH

2023 Black History Kit & Theme Posters are now available, including the new commemorative Juneteenth poster

Become a Conference Sponsor

Support the Founders of Black History Month by Sponsoring the 108th Annual Meeting & Conference

Racial Expulsion Deprives Black Citizens of Representation

ASALH vehemently condemns the Tennessee State Republican controlled House of Representatives’ decision to remove two African American lawmakers.

Why We Are Going To Florida for Our Conference

ASALH is going to Florida with a purpose, and we invite all persons interested in sharing their scholarship, expertise and interest in the field of African American history and culture to join us.

ASALH Response to Gov. DeSantis and the African American Studies AP Censorship

ASALH strongly condemns the actions of Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to deprive students of accurate knowledge about the African American experience.

ASALH Athens Branch Staged Reading of Charly Evon Simpson’s “Behind the Sheet” (2023 Founders Birthday Event)

2023 Annual Founder’s Birthday event: A staged reading of Charly Evon Simpson’s “Beyond the Sheet.” Directed by Freda Scott Giles, emerita professor of Theatre and Film. Featuring actors from Town and Gown Players, University of Georgia University Theatre, and the Athens community.

Esther Cooper Jackson

ASALH Remembers Civil Rights Leader and Activist Esther Cooper Jackson

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History remembers a giant of the Black Freedom Movement, Esther Victoria Cooper Jackson, radical activist, civil rights leader, and long-time editor who died on August 23, 2022 at the age of 105.

Black Businesses of Charleston Oral History Project

On Tuesday, November 29 (6-8 PM) at Burke High School, the Preservation Society will host a launch event for the new Black Businesses of Charleston Oral History Project, in partnership with the Charleston County School District 20 Principal Collaboration Program.

Holiday Brass & Percussion – Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Brass

Seasonal selections and Holiday favorites performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Brass!

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park: Recapturing Erased Memories, Celebrating Shared Future

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park is currently under construction in the historic LaVilla neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. When completed, the Park will honor two of Jacksonville’s most famous residents, James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson.

ISR, partners conduct first national study of public libraries’ Black History Month programming as written by Michigan News: University of Michigan

Researchers from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan have received a $750,000 research grant to conduct a survey of Black History Month programming in public libraries across the country.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Reverend Mr. Charles Melvin Sherrod

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the worldwide freedom struggle lost a great champion on October 11, 2022, with the passing of the Reverend Mr. Charles Melvin Sherrod.

Executive Council Member Dr. Jarvis Givens Receives AAC&U Frederic W. Ness Book Award

Washington, DC — The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the winner of the Frederic W. Ness Book Award, Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching, published by Harvard University Press.

Amber Wiley to Join Weitzman Faculty and Lead Civil Rights Initiative written by the Weitzman News

Amber Wiley, an award-winning architectural and urban historian whose teaching and research center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities, will join the University of Pennsylvania […]

Become a Black History Month Festival Advertiser

Support the founders of Black History Month by Advertising during the 2023 Black History Month Festival

ASALH Memphis Area Branch Mourns the Passing of the Honorable State Representative Barbara Ward Cooper

We are sharing sad news on the passing of our longest serving legislator, the Honorable State Representative Barbara Ward Cooper (93 years old), in the state of Tennessee and probably the Southeast or national regions who transitioned last week after a brief illness.

ASALH Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch on Front Page of New Pittsburgh Courier

View the New Pittsburgh Courier with front page article of the ASALH Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch winning the Branch of the Year Award for 2022.

Press Release: Open Call For 2023 African American Heritage Guide By Our Authors Study Club, Inc & The City Of La Department Of Cultural Affairs

The Our Authors Study Club, Inc. of Los Angeles (OASC), and the City of Los Angeles The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announce today the planning for the 2023 African American Heritage Guide.

ASALH Philadelphia Heritage Branch Member Marion Lane Publishes Book, Women of Colour Made a Difference in the Era of the Revolutionary War

In January 2022, Marion Lane published “Women of Colour Made A Difference in the Era of the Revolutionary War” and in October 2022, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) honored her for this monumental work at their International AAHGS Book Awards.

ASALH Philadelphia Heritage Branch Member Spotlight: President Regina Vaughn Received Harriett Tubman Service Award

On June 10th, 2022, ASALH Philadelphia President Regina Vaughn received the Harriett Tubman Service Award from the Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

ASALH PhilaMontco Branch Event, Limb Amputation Prevention & Diabetes Diabetes

Discussion will explore diabetes management, factors that lead to a higher risk of amputation, prevention of ulcers, signs of trouble, treatment and care.

Apply NOW for Student Debt Relief!

President Biden announced that millions of working and middle class borrowers can apply for student debt relief right NOW!

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places – 2023

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting Letters of Intent for the 2023 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

ASALH x Howard University’s Social Justice Workshop Wednesdays RETURNS!!

ASALH & Howard University present a virtual Workshop Wednesdays series on social justice, sponsored by the Mellon Just Futures Initiative

Resolution of Respect for Greer-Randle Final

Whereas, “We today, stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who have gone before us. We, as their
successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors. We cannot lose in this battle.” (Benjamin E. Mays, “I Knew Carter G. Woodson.” Negro History Bulletin, March 1981, p. 21.),

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Birwood Wall Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony at Alfonso Wells Memorial Park

Join us for the Dedication Ceremony for the Birwood Wall Historical Marker at Alfonso Wells Memorial Park at 11am, October 10th. The story behind the building of the Birwood Wall is an important chapter in Detroit’s Civil Rights History.

Media Alert: ASALH Announces it’s 2022 Award Recipients

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is proud to announce the 2022 Award recipients, which will be given at the 107th Annual Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, from September 29th to October 1st.

PastForward 2022: Special Programming

Please join us for PastForward Online 2022 this fall! On-demand sessions will start in early October, while marquee events featuring well-known speakers or incorporating a live interactive component to the session will take place November 1-4.

House Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Bass Legislation to Advance Quality Basic Education Around the World

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2022 House Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Bass Legislation to Advance Quality Basic Education Around the World   WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed the […]

House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Bass, Smith Resolution Reaffirming the U.S.-African Union Relationship and Encouraging Greater Trade Partnership with Africa

Today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by voice vote a resolution introduced by Africa Subcommittee Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) and Ranking Member Chris Smith (R-NJ) reaffirming the significance of the African Union as a strategic international partner to the United States and expressing strong support for partnerships that cultivate intra-African trade.

ASALH Heralds Nichelle Nichols Entry into the Final Frontier

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History mourns the death of Nichelle Nichols and heralds her entry into the final frontier when her ashes are sent to deep space aboard a Vulcan rocket.

Support The Woman King! – In Movie Theaters September 16th – Join The BHERC 1stWeekendClub Call To Action

We are excited to announce our 1st Weekend Club and beyond campaign in support of the upcoming movie, The Woman King, opening Friday, September 16, 2022. BHERC is thrilled to invite you, your members, families, and friends to join us in promoting and helping to spread the word about this important movie.

Laugh Out Loud With Jackie “Moms” Mabley Theatre Week 2022

The Essential Theatre continues its 33rd anniversary year celebration with Theatre Week pay-what-you-can performances of the 1996 Helen Hayes Award nominated comedy cabaret, “A Night with Jackie “Moms” Mabley,” written and performed by Charisma Wooten, featuring Everett P. Williams as Luther.

Reginald Cunningham: Black Pearls Photography Exhibition on View Sept. 3, 2022 – Jan. 22, 2023

The Boca Raton Museum of Art presents the premiere of Reginald Cunningham: Black Pearls, the first-ever museum exhibition of Cunningham’s work, curated by Kelli Bodle, Assistant Curator.

International Day for People of African Descent

31st August is commemorated as International Day for People of African Descent.

Ax Handle Saturday

Ax Handle Saturday (video)

The Inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference

“Freedom is not Free. If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” This quote from Rutledge Pearson, Rodney Hurst’s 8th-grade American history and ninth-grade Civics teacher, adviser to the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, and Hurst’s mentor resonated throughout Jacksonville’s Inaugural Civil Rights Conference held in Jacksonville on August 25-27, 2022.

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Echoes of the Enslaved 2022

The Echoes of the Enslaved events are held in partnership with The Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit whose vision is to encourage a “more truthful and inclusive narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people.”

Social Justice @ ASALH: Know Before You Go, Pre-Conference Book Series

Join us for our “Know Before You Go” pre-conference book series. Authors and guests discuss their work and themes of Black Health/Wellness. Brought to you by ASALH, in partnership with Howard University Social Justice Consortium, and sponsored by the Mellon Just Futures Initiative.

Ford’s Theatre Society Presents The Trip to Bountiful, by Horton Foote, directed by Michael Wilson

The Trip to Bountiful By Horton Foote Directed by Michael Wilson Featuring Nancy Robinette as Mrs. Carrie Watts; Joe Mallon as Ludie Watts and Kimberly Gilbert as Jessie Mae Watts […]

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Savannah Yamacraw Branch Event, “The Power of Story” and “Black World”

Dr. Bertice Berry, author, lecturer and inspirational speaker brought two groundbreaking, stirring presentations by leading a discussion on storytelling and race among a diverse local audience in Savannah, GA.

ASALH Remembers Dr. James Turner, Foundational Leader in Africana Studies

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History mourns the death of Dr. James Turner. Born in Brooklyn in 1940 and raised in Manhattan, he was a foundational […]

Rep. Bass Statement on Upcoming Angolan Presidential Elections

Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights issued the following statement.

Underground Railroad Education Center Press Release

Underground Railroad Education Center is sponsoring an archaeological dig on a site where once stood the home of Doctor Thomas Elkins, Black medical doctor and Albany resident known for his inventions and for his role in the Underground Railroad.

Department of Education Makes $8 Million in New Grants Available to Help Colleges Strengthen and Diversify the Teacher Workforce

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new $8 million grant competition aimed at increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce and preparing teachers to meet the needs of our most underserved students.

‘Honest assessment of the past’: Community Hero Steve Murray, keeper of Alabama’s true history

It serves as Alabama’s attic. The Alabama Department of Archives and History, established in 1901, was the first state archives in the nation. The big building, catty corner from the state Capitol, serves as the repository of public records in the state, from governors’ correspondence to town clerk documents.

Martin Delany Symposium

The African American Program at the Heinz History Center will host the Inaugural Martin Robison Delany Symposium on Aug. 26-27, 2022, at the History Center. The two-day academic conference will take an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of Martin Delany, one the nation’s most influential African American leaders in the 19th century.

2022 Conference Press Release

“We Are Back!” ASALH Brings its First In-Person Conference Since the Pandemic to Montgomery, Alabama with Annual Theme: “Black Health and Wellness”

Alex Haley Birthday Celebration with Back to School Giveaway

Alex Haley Museum will hold its Annual Birthday Celebration on Saturday August 13, 2022, between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Our focus this year is education. It is our intent, to honor the legacy of the Palmer, Murray, and Haley families who were devoted to academic excellence. As was once stated, “Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.”

ASALH Tribute to Bill Russell Requiem for a Champion

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History mourns the death of William Felton Russell. Russell is the winningest professional athlete of all time in team sports. He was the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty which claimed 11 NBA titles in 13 years, and one with him as player-coach, to become the first Black coach to win an NBA championship.

Rosie Rios Designated Chair of U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission

Former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios has been designated as the Chair for the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, the Congressional Commission charged with planning the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

Greetings from the ASALH President

Read President W Marvin Dulaney’s letter to ASALH supporters.

ASALH Detroit and the Charles H. Wright MAAH Announces the Reception of Former President Jamon Jordan of ASALH Detroit

ASALH Detroit is proud to announce the appointment of Former President Jamon Jordan as the First Historian for the City of Detroit.

2022 Abolition Commemoration Day

Abolition Commemoration Day event on July 11, 2022.

ASALH Bronx Branch Member on Tavis Smiley Show

ASALH Bronx Branch member Eric K. Washington was on the “Tavis Smiley Show” — an LA-based talk-radio show (kbla1580.com) — to talk about efforts to landmark the former Colored School No. 4 at 128 West 17th Street.

ASALH The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group Branch Event, Invisible Warriors: African American Women in WWII

On Thursday, July 14, 2022, The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group in conjunction with the National World War I Museum and Memorial hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Invisible Warriors: African American Women in WW II.

BHERC 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

BHERC 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase Returns With Hybrid Format Featuring Both In-Person & Virtual Viewing Experience After presenting virtually for two years, the festival is back offering the option to experience the BHERC festival experience virtually and in person.

Loss of Mr. Robert Edison’s Mother, Mrs. Nola Edison

We are sadden by the loss of our members mother Robert Edison. Mrs. Nola Edison passed on Sunday Morning. Mrs. Edison funeral will be held at: AD Porter 1300 West […]

The Conference Registration is Open

Our 2022 hybrid conference will offer attendees sessions featuring ASALH members who are prominent figures in Black cultural studies, as well as students from many disciplines.

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch News: Duval County Courthouse Jury Assembly Room Named After Daniel Webster Perkins

On June 15, 2022 members of James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH had the distinct honor of attending the dedication of the Jury Assembly Room in the Duval County Courthouse after Daniel Webster Perkins, the father of our deceased James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH member and historian Camilla P. Thompson.

Americans at Work – National Historic Landmark Theme Study on Labor History

The National Historic Landmarks Program is pleased to announce the release of a new theme study, Labor History in the United States, which highlights the many stories of Americans at work through current scholarship on labor history and nationally significant places.

ASALH Bethel Dukes Event, Unveiling of Nannie Helen Burroughs Suffrage Marker

The National Votes for Women Trail unveiled its first of four suffrage marker in Washington, DC. The NVWT is a collaboration between the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to commemorate the centennial of the suffrage movement with a virtual and physical trail of markers nationwide identifying local and regional suffrage activities and activists.

Black Rodeo at Fair Park the W. Marvin Dulaney D/FW ASALH Branch Volunteered during the Event

Presented by the African American Museum, Dallas, the Texas Black Invitational Rodeo offers up an exciting noche as approximately 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls compete for significant cash prizes in bronc and bull riding, calf and steer roping, barrel racing, a Pony Express relay race and more.

We Invite You to Share Your Perspectives on Monuments

Us/ICOMOS would like you to share your perspectives on Monuments.

JUNETEENTH: We the People

BLKFreedom Presents “JUNETEENTH: We the People”

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.

Juneteenth: A Celebration | National Archives

In commemoration of Juneteenth, celebrating the liberation of enslaved people in the Confederate states…

ASALH Central Florida – Dorothy Turner Johnson Branch to Present Juneteenth History at the City of Orlando’s Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration

ASALH Central Florida will present a brief history of Juneteenth during the City of Orlando’s inaugural Juneteenth Celebration this coming Saturday, June 18th, 2022 from 12 pm EDT – 5 pm EDT.
The theme of the celebration is Freedom is not Free: Honoring the Past – Pressing Towards the Future.
The celebration will feature live music and entertainment, vendors, and an area for youth.

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“What Kind of Soil Are We?” Events Commemorating the Seventh Anniversary of the Mother Emanuel Massacre and Martyrdom

Faith groups across the country will mark the seventh anniversary of the racially-motivated massacre at Mother Emanuel African Episcopal Church by participating in a commemorative Bible study event.

“Woke-Racism-How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America,” by John McWhorter; Reviewer Herbie K. Johnson

In Woke Racism, McWhorter reveals the workings of this new religion, from the original sin of “white privilege” and the weaponization of cancel culture to ban heretics, to the evangelical fervor of the “woke mob.”

Charge Buffalo Massacre Defendant Under Anti-Lynching Law as written by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

George Floyd was a victim of lynching two years ago. The mass murder of African Americans in Buffalo, N.Y., was also a lynching, says Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at John Jay College (CUNY). Our nation must accept that lynching continues and use the new Emmett Till Antilynching Act to prosecute the alleged shooter, Payton Gendron, she argues.

ASALH Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch Signs Atop the Highest Point on the National Road

The Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Signs atop Negro Mountain, the highest point on the National Road on U. S. 40 in Garrett County, Maryland. The National Road runs from the State of Illinois to the State of Maryland and is the road that built America.

Social Justice Reading Room: Memoir as a Voice for Justice

ASALH x Howard Univ. Social Justice Consortium presented our latest series, Social Justice Reading Room, on May 18

Stay up to date on the 108th Annual Meeting & Conference

Conference Programs will be available in-person at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (Jacksonville, Florida) and virtually on ASALH TV on September 20 -24, 2023

Book Your Stay

Reserve your room at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Covention Center.

In-Person Author’s Book Signing Registration

The Author’s Book Signing will be one of the events at the 107th Annual Meeting and Conference for individuals who are enthusiastic about the history of America and the African diaspora.

Virtual Author’s Book Talk Event

We invite you to participate in the Virtual Author’s Book Talk Event at the 107th Annual Meeting and Conference September 29 – October 1, 2022

Book Your Annual Conference Hotel

Book Your Stay For The 2023 Conference At The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Supports ‘Woodson Warriors’ Scholarships

In an awards ceremony held May 7, 2022, at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, local Branch President Attorney Jacqueline Hubbard was present to deliver a ‘check’ in the amount of $12,700.00.

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch Member Rodney Hurst Receives Liberty Bell Award

James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH member Rodney L. Hurst received the “Liberty Bell Award” from the Jacksonville Bar Association during their 2022 Law Day Luncheon on May 4, 2022.

Black Farmers Lost $326 Billion Worth of Land in 20th Century, Study Finds

Our March 15th Program titled: The Future of Farming: Women in the Forefront featured the State of Georgia’s youngest certified farmer, Kendall Rae Johnson with her mother Ursula Johnson and ASALH Rochester New York Branch President, Pamela Reese Smith a member of Black Farmers United NYS.

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places – 2022 List Unveiled

The National Trust for Historic Preservation today unveils its much-anticipated annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The eleven sites on the 2022 list represent a powerful illustration of expansive American history.

Outstanding Contributions to Frostburg State University by the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH

The Annual Student Leadership and Awards Program recognizes student leaders, staff, faculty and friends from across the campus and region. The program this year will feature an award recognizing the Outstanding External Support from the Executive Board of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH located in Pittsburgh.

Under Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Gabe Camarillo Posthumously Promotes Colonel Charles Young to Brigadier General

The Under Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Gabe Camarillo hosted the Posthumous promotion of COL Charles Young to Brigadier General on April 29th.

Bob Stanton Given Mott Leadership Award

Former National Parks Service (NPS) Director and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Bob Stanton, received the William Penn Mott, Jr. Leadership Award on April 1.

Black Carolinians Speak: Share Your Pandemic Experience!

The goal of this initiative, Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic, is to gather first person testimonies, letters, music, images, art and other documents that capture the experiences of African Americans in North Carolina during the global pandemic.

ASALH Atlanta Branch Event, Ask a Black Doctor: Black Health and Wellness Forum

The ASALH Atlanta Branch is a sponsor of this community health event. Our Branch has partnered with the ETA Omega Chapter of Atlanta’s Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to bring this event to the Atlanta community.

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch Member George Gillis Quoted in the Washington Post on February 11, 2022 on Governor Ron DeSantis

A quote from the Washington Post article printed February 11, 2022: George Gillis, 76, who serves as chairman of the deacons at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, said he is concerned about DeSantis’s motives for slicing up the district where he lives and prays.

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch Members Speak in Opposition to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Redistricting Map

On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, members of the James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH traveled via bus furnished by Equal Ground to Tallahassee, Florida to speak before the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives in opposition to the map drawn by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Chaplain Shares Words of Inspiration

ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Chaplain shares words of inspiration.

ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Chaplain Shares Insight on Grief

ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Chaplain shares insight on grief.

Blank Slate Monument Unveiled at Civil Rights Memorial Center

The Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC), a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was pleased to welcome the Blank Slate Monument to Montgomery on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. CST.

40th Annual Salute to the Parks Celebration

The 40th Annual Salute to the Parks Celebration took place at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on April 6. Three National Park Advocates: Jack Gladstone, Audrey Peterman, and Bob Stanton were all honored at the celebration.

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The Afro’s High Tea: We’re Still Here!

The theme for this year’s High Tea is We’re Still Here. Despite the challenges we have all faced over the past two years, we have survived, we are thriving and We’re Still Here!! At this year’s Tea, we will CELEBRATE. We will celebrate Black Women in the Media.

National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Event, EMOTIONAL HEALTH IS WEALTH: Guided Visualization Meditation Part I

Join NCNW in April for a virtual guided visualization meditation designed to empower participants in all areas of their lives, from home to the workplace.

W. Marvin Dulaney D/FW ASALH Branch Biennial Texas African American History Conference: The Underground Railroad from Texas to Mexico

This conference featured scholars who have studied the southern route to freedom taken by African Americans and illuminate how African Americans found freedom in Mexico and made it as viable a “profound land” as Canada.

The Dorie Miller Medal of Honor Campaign

With the challenge of an unseasonable windchill, a crowd of legacy buffs and patriots gathered at Brandywine-Todd Memorial Park in Wilmington, Delaware to pay homage to African American recipients of the Medal of Honor (CMH).

ASALH Celebrates and Congratulates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for her Confirmation as an Associate Justice on The United States Supreme Court

ASALH celebrates this very special historical moment in American History and we stand behind Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as she assumes this important position on the United States Supreme Court that will benefit all Americans.

Nation’s best job-placement rate belongs to La Salle’s MBA program, according to U.S. News

La Salle University’s full-time MBA program ranks No. 1 in the nation for job-placement rate, with 100% of graduates securing jobs within three months of graduation.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation Needs the Support of Our Mighty Force of Women!

President Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court is eminently qualified. Her stellar record as a public defender, service on the United States Sentencing Commission, her private practice and service as a federal judge underscore the wide range of her experiences. These experiences demonstrate her commitment to fairness and excellence.

ASALH Memphis Area Branch Mourns the Passing of Memphis Historian and Branch Member Larry Batchlor

Larry Batchlor, noted Memphis historian, author, former Vietnam veteran, and branch member passed away on February 27, 2022. The alumnus of the University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State, is credited with being one of the founders of the university’s Black Student Association in 1969.

President Biden Signs Into Law the “Emmett Till Antilynching Act”

Finally, 124 years after my great-grandmother Ida B. Wells first talked to President McKinley in 1898 about enacting this legislation, it happened yesterday.

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Get Your Copy of Radio Active: A Memoir by Joe Madison with Dave Canton

Order your copy of Radio Active: A Memoir by Joe Madison with Dave Canton today!

FOR RELEASE: Pamela Newkirk Address on “Power of Portrayals” To Open Underground Railroad Education Center’s FreedomCon 2022

Award-winning journalist, scholar and author Pamela Newkirk will present the opening address at the Underground Railroad Education Center’s FreedomCon 2022 conference, speaking on “Locked In and Left Out: Ota Benga, The Diversity Industry and the Power of Portrayals” April 1 at Hudson Valley Community College and virtually.

Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn B. Higginbotham

  ASALH extends congratulations to Dr. Evelyn B. Higginbotham, former national president of ASALH who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University during […]

Nominate Your Favorite Historic Restaurant to Save Local Flavor

Together with American Express, we at the National Trust for Historic Preservation are once again offering the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Programto aid restaurant recovery amid ongoing challenges related to the pandemic.

Michelle Evans-Oliver: Spotlight on President of Richmond, Virginia Branch of ASALH

In the midst of a pandemic marked by death, large-scale action and change for African-Americans, Michelle Evans- Oliver is working to ensure the stories of Black people in Richmond are preserved and promoted. As founder and president of the Richmond, Virginia Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Ms. Evans-Oliver first began this work when the group was chartered in 2020.

Signed Copy of the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Women’s Army Corps, who were assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion – the “Six Triple Eight” – during World War II, was signed into law by President Joe Biden. The unit served at home and in Europe where they sorted and routed mail for millions of American servicemembers and civilians.

Executive Council Nominations

Nominations are due April 15, 2022. The Nominating Committee of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) seeks nominations for the Executive Council and for seats in the Association as follows General, Student and Corporate seats.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Carl Westmoreland

Carl Westmoreland, 85, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Carl B. Westmoreland

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center joins friends and family in mourning the loss of renowned historian Carl Westmoreland. Westmoreland was a longtime supporter of the Freedom Center, advocating for its creation and serving as its historian for nearly 20 years.

ASALH Prince George’s County Truth Branch Donates “Mis-Education of the Negro” Books to Prince George’s County Memorial Library

In recognition of Black History Month and our ongoing partnership with the Oxon Hill Branch, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), several copies of Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s classic, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” were recently donated and presented to Area Manager, Melanie Townsend-Diggs. A non circulating copy will be added to the Sojourner Truth special research collection on Black History. Other copies will be available to the public throughout the Library System.

ASALH Prince George’s County Truth Branch Donates “Mis-Education of the Negro” Books to Prince George’s County Memorial Library

In recognition of Black History Month and our ongoing partnership with the Oxon Hill Branch, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), several copies of Dr Carter G.Woodson’s classic, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” were recently donated and presented to Area Manager, Melanie Townsend-Diggs. A non circulating copy will be added to the Sojourner Truth special research collection on Black History . Other copies will be available to the public throughout the Library System.

ASALH Manasota Branch Insight: Email Marketing Is Still an Inexpensive Way to Reach Your Target Audience

A few years ago, everyone was saying that email marketing responses were going to be surpassed by social media. Yes, social media responses continue to rise, but email marketing continues to be the fastest way to receive a response yet today. Email receives a 20 times faster response rate than social media according to Silverpop.

ASALH Manasota Branch Scholarship Program: Topline Observations Over Past Ten Years of Documented Records

For over ten years of documented records, Manasota ASALH, Inc has made a difference in Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida. We have given out over 232 scholarships. Of the 232 students that received scholarships, 57% went to Florida Colleges or Universities.

ASALH Manasota Branch Celebrate Woman of the Month Honoree: Lovette W. Harper

The Friends of Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, Inc are announcing Mrs. Lovette W. Harper as their Women of the Month Honoree. Mrs. Harper is a founding member of Manasota ASALH and has recently written a book. She is a visionary leader, educator, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Please come out and join us and celebrate her incredible accomplishments.

ASALH Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch President John L. Lanier Posthumously Honored by ASALH Members

Birmingham, AL – On March 2, 2022, members of the Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch of ASALH honored the contributions and legacy of Mr. John L. Lanier with a proclamation, in memory of his lifelong commitment and service to the preservation of African American history and community cultural sites and resources. The proclamation was provided to his family at the time of his passing.

Ohio State Board of Education at the Statehouse from Paul LaRue

ASALH members and friends at the Ohio Legislature to discuss the Ohio Report Card. Left to right, former ASALH president John Fleming,  Ohio School Board President Charlotte McGuire, Black History Bulletin Editorial Board Member Paul Larue, and  Ronald Todd from the Governor’s Office

Social Justice Reading Room: How Far Have We Come

ASALH x Howard Univ. Social Justice Consortium presented our latest series, Social Justice Reading Room, on March 15

ASALH Woodson Home Committee Receives Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

National Capital Parks – East is pleased to announce that the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s (ASALH) Woodson Home Committee was awarded the National Capital Area’s Hartzog Group Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for their remarkable contributions to the Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site!

A&T’s Smallwood Wins UNC System Holshouser Prize

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors recognized acclaimed North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University historian Arwin Smallwood, Ph.D., today with the Gov. James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service, one of the top two annual faculty awards bestowed by the UNC System.
This marks the first time a North Carolina A&T faculty member has been chosen for the honor, which was first presented in 2014.

WATCH: ASALH for the Black History Month Finale Ceremony

View the closing Black History Month event. Special remarks will be given by Dr. Dulaney. The event will look back on the month-long Black History Festival programs that explored the 2022 theme “Black Health and Wellness.”

Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch Mourns The Passing of President John Lanier

It brings us great sorrow to inform you of the passing of our Branch President John Lanier. A man of impeccable character and dedication to historical preservation, it is difficult to comprehend this. Lanier was an instrumental co-organizer in the re-establishment of the Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch in recent years and a tireless advocate for the preservation of African American history and cultural resources.

Jarvis R. Givens wins The ASALH Book Prize

“Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching” wins for the best new book in African American history and culture.

ASALH Bethel Dukes Branch HBCU Gameday

February is both Black History Month and the CIAA Basketball Tournament. Scholar Raja Malikah Rahim, Ph.D takes a look at the previous instance of Baltimore as a pit stop for the CIAA Tournament. Dr. Rahim is working with the National Membership Committee and the CIAA as scholar, historian and volunteer. Kudos Dr. Rahim!

BUY TICKETS: Black Bodies, Part II: Race Norming in the NFL

Join ASALH on Saturday, February 27 for the second marquee event, featuring a round table discussion among former NFL players and sports medicine professionals about issues of race norming and mental health

WATCH: Author’s Book Talk Events

Watch The 2022 Black History Month Festival Author’s Book Talk Events held on February 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. EST

WATCH: National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom & ASALH Presents “What You Don’t Know about the Legacies of Slavery”

This presentation reviewed social practices, beliefs, and psychological dispositions that are distinct continuities from slavery on February 23, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. EST

Blackpast Interns Celebrate Black Scientists

BlackPast.org is an online resource for Black history, viewed by more than six million people annually.  Developed by Quintard Taylor, UW professor emeritus of history, it is by far the largest and most visited website on African American and global African history.

Brown Introduces Bipartisan African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call to discuss the introduction of his African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act. The newly-introduced bipartisan bill is also sponsored by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT).

WATCH: A Presidential Conversation: Black Health and Wellness in the Eye of the Storm

Watch a moderated conversation with ASALH President W. Marvin Dulaney and Presidents of Black professional health organizations and institutions held on Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Asked to help, Post readers sent searing evidence about dozens more enslavers in Congress

There were handwritten wills, birth certificates of babies born into slavery and newspaper ads placed by congressmen seeking the return of Black people who fled captivity.

ASALH Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch Host 1st Annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Knowledge Bowl

On February 12, 2022, the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH, located in Pittsburgh Pa conducted its First Annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Knowledge Bowl for Black History Month.

Watch: AFRO WSH Video for Churches 2022

AFRO.com provides readers with good news about the African American community not otherwise found in other news outlets. This video directed toward churches is to encourage the community of faith to support the AFRO.

BlackPast.org Debuts African American History Visual Timeline on Website

We at BlackPast.org (www.blackpast.org), the largest free and ungated website on African American history on the Internet today, announce in honor of Black History Month and our own 14 th anniversary, the unveiling of our newest feature, the African American History Visual Timeline.

Black Health Matters: Shingles and African Americans over 50: What You Should Know About Your Immune System

As a member of our Affiliate Newsletter Program, we will be producing a newsletter for ASALH focused specifically on Shingles, healthy aging, health, wellness and general lifestyle.

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter Eleventh Edition

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

Join us on Saturday, February 12 for our first marquee event, Black Bodies, Part 1

This session will examine the history of medicine, clinical practice, and policies that have impacted African American health and contributed to disparities

ASALH Attends in Support as Mayor Welch Raises Black History Month Flag in History-Making Ceremony

To officially kick off Black History Month in St. Pete, Mayor Ken Welch — the city’s first African-American mayor — raised the Carter G. Woodson flag over City Hall on Feb. 1.

Mayor Cashenna A. Cross Community Forum: Mental Health and Wellness in Our Communities

Mayor Cashenna A. Cross speaks during the the Mayoral Community Forum with Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, President of Study of African American Life and History (ASALH ®) founders of black history month, Prince George’s NAACP President Linda Thornton-Thomas, and moderator Terrence Woodbury Licensed Mental Health Professional, and Creator of “TRIUMPHANT MOMENTS with T. Wood” Podcast on a discussion regarding mental health and wellness in our communities.

SIGN the PETITION: In Defense of Ourselves

On Jan. 6, 2022 threatening racist language was scrawled on a cork board in the first building in the CUNY system to carry the name of an African American. Dr. Lloyd Delaney Hall. Please stand with us by signing this petition in defense of our humanity and right to a secure workplace. Help us let the administration know that our lives, the lives of our students and the legacy of Dr. Lloyd Delany matter.