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“Unidentified African American family”. Rondo Neighborhood Photograph Collection. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.

ASALH in collaboration with Archival Alchemy® presents, The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling

This national program centers the legacy of Black family reunions while encouraging families of all backgrounds to build and renew their own traditions and stories.

Enslaved to a Founding Father, She Sought Freedom in France by Martha S. Jones

Click below to read the full New York Times article by Martha S. Jones on an enslaved woman seeking freedom in Paris. Enslaved to a U.S. Founding Father, She Sought […]

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Frederick Douglass NHS Oratorical Contest

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Reel Sisters Microbudget Film Fellowship Offers Women of Color A Chance for $5000 to Produce A Web Series Pilot!

New York, NY Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, the first Academy qualifying festival devoted to women filmmakers, is offering creators an opportunity to produce the […]

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Virtual Symposium

  Join us as we commemorate Dr. Woodson's Birthday with a virtual symposium. This event is free and open to the public. You must register to receive the Zoom link. [...]

Book Launch: Mame’s Spirit: Reparations and Romance by Bernard Demczuk

Book signing & brief discussion on Bernie’s new novel: an Afro-futurist, crime-mystery, love-story about West African spirituality remixed with righteousness, reparations and the end of White supremacy, settler-exploitative colonialism.

Social Justice Reading Rooms

ASALH x Howard Univ. Social Justice Consortium present our latest series, Social Justice Reading Rooms. Sponsored by Mellon Just Futures.

Fred Smith of Athens recently received a national award for his community service work. Contributed.

Athenian receives national award from African-American group as written by Wayne Ford

Fred Smith, a retired Georgia Department of Labor official from Athens, was recently presented with a national award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH Savannah Yamacraw Branch Book Lecture with Author Wanda Lloyd

Wanda Lloyd chronicles her life journey, from growing up in segregated Savannah, to editing roles at seven daily newspapers, and finally back to Savannah to make a difference in her childhood community

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter Seventh Edition

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

Virginia Humanities Launches Fellowship for BIPOC Scholars Affiliated with HBCUs

“This opportunity will fund the humanities research of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) scholars affiliated with Virginia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The fellowships are made possible […]

The National Constitution Center Offering America’s Town Hall Series

The National Constitution Center is offering a series of America’s Town Hall programs about constitutional issues in the news. Join these programs for free from your home computer, laptop, or any mobile device by registering […]

ASALH Philadelphia Heritage Branch President Regina Vaughn featured in USA TODAY

“Regina Vaughn has been painstakingly tracing her family legacy dating back to slavery to keep a vow she made to her late mother more than a decade ago

Register for the Author’s Book Talk Event

We invite you to participate in the Author’s Book Talk Event at the 2022 Black History Festival, all month long during February

Black History Month Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Support the Founders of Black History Month in Celebrating The 2022 Black History Theme: Black Health And Wellness

Black History Month Virtual Festival

ASALH will hold innovative virtual programming In the month of February celebrating The 2022 Black History Theme: Black Health And Wellness

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Margaret M. Miles

ASALH mourns the passing of Margaret M. Miles. Mrs. Miles was the long-time Park Ranger at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. She was also a great […]

Jamon Jordan, Detroit’s unofficial historian, is now its official one Bryce Huffman as written by Bryce Huffman

Bridge Detroit Bryce Huffman “On Monday, Mayor Mike Duggan and Rochelle Riley, the city’s director of Arts, Culture & Entrepreneurship, announced that Jamon Jordan is now the city’s first official […]

ASALH member, Marcia Chatelain, wins Pulitzer Prize in History

“Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History

Exhibit Aide Volunteers Needed for the DC History Center in the Carnegie Library

The DC History Center deepens understanding of our city’s past to connect, empower, and inspire. We will reach into all eight wards to preserve and elevate the stories of Washington’s […]

ASALH W. Marvin Dulaney Branch D/FW Annual Carter G. Woodson Luncheon featuring “Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase.”

The African American Museum is opening a new exhibition, “Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase.”

ASALH W. Marvin Dulaney Branch D/FW Black Health and Wellness 2022: Sports

Many athletes are hiring nutrition consultants and personal chefs to make sure that they are eating right during the regular season and the offseason

ASALH Mourns the Death of General Colin Powell

History Will Remember This Great American

Celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act with the ACHP

On Friday, October 15, 2021, preservationists around the world  will celebrate the 55thanniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), the statute that created the […]

Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour Congressional Testimony

On October 14, Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour will present oral testimony before the United States House of Representative Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, […]

ASALH mourns the passing of historian and civil rights activist Timuel Black

ASALH mourns the passing of historian and civil rights activist Timuel Black. In his 102 years of life, he stood as a witness to so many of the important people and events that have come to define and shape the experiences of African Americans in this country. As a child, he lived with and shared stories of his grandmother who was once held as a slave in Alabama. He lived through both the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 and grew up on Chicago’s South Side Black community in the aftermath of the 1919 “Red Summer” riot.

Social Justice “Workshop Wednesdays”: Exploring the Impact of Mass Incarceration

Join us October 13 from 6-8 p.m. for PART FIVE or our virtual Workshop series on social justice

Reclaiming Monuments: The Light of Truth Memorializes Ida B. Wells’ Activism in Chicago by Yvonne Krumrey

As written by Yvonne Krumrey of Newcity Art “After thirteen years of planning, fundraising and crafting, the “Light of Truth” monument to Ida B. Wells-Barnett was unveiled this summer. Wells-Barnett’s […]

ASALH Member, Keeanga Taylor, Receives MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award

Princeton Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship Award, also known as the “Genius Grant” for analyzing the political and economic forces underlying racial inequality and the role […]

Black Art in Puerto Rico / Arte Afropuertorriqueño: Footprint and Panorama on Afro-Puerto Rican Plastic and Visual Arts

Artist Edwin Velazquez share Black Art in Puerto Rico / Arte Afropuertorriqueño, a blog with data on Afro-Puerto Rican visual artists with videos about conferences, talks, documentaries, news and other […]

Northwest African American Museum Presents African American Leaders’ Descendants Series Webinar

LIVESTREAM/WEBVIDEO: Northwest African American Museum Presents African American Leaders’ Descendants Series Webinar Guest: Tina Wyatt, Educator; Co-Founder, Washington, DC Annual Harriet Tubman Day Commemoration and Thrice-Great-Grandniece of Harriet Tubman In-Conversation […]

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) Presents: A Webinar/Panel Discussion: The Role of Historic Boston’s Churches Regarding Slavery, Truth-telling, and Healing

LIVESTREAM/WEBVIDEO: The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) Presents: A Webinar/Panel Discussion: The Role of Historic Boston’s Churches Regarding Slavery, Truth-telling, and Healing Oct. 11, 2021 | 4:00 […]

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Presents 2001 Annual Symposium (Virtual and In-Person Events)

Join the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture as we celebrate resiliency and commitment through our annual symposium: The Spirit of the Black Family: Reclaim, Rejoice, Renew, Remember. […]

Photography, Family History, and the Underground Railroad–National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom hosts Virtual Photo Exhibit

Photography, Family History, and the Underground Railroad–National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom hosts Virtual Photo Exhibit for a limited time; North Is Freedom Virtual Photo Exhibit, a partnership between […]

Comcast Offering $10,000 Small Business Grants to People of Color

Starting October 1 thru October 14, applications can apply for a $10,000 grant from Comcast Rise. These grants will be awarded to small businesses owned and operated by people of […]

Morris Brown College to Start Restoration of Historic Fountain Hall by Darius Goodman

Morris Brown College announced it received an award from the National Park Service (NPS) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program to start the restoration of the historic Fountain Hall

Understand SC: What 1 doctor is doing to address vaccine hesitancy by Emily Williams

Written by Emily Williams of The Post and Courier “The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is beginning to decline across the country, signaling the beginning of the end […]

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter Fifth Edition

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

Conference Souvenir Journal

View 106th Annual Virtual Conference Souvenir Journal

Plenary Session “The Centennial Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Anti-Black Violence” Presented on September 28

This session will feature Karlos Hill of University of Oklahoma, John W. Franklin of Franklin Global, Inc./Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and Melissa N. Stuckey of Elizabeth City State University.

Hine-Horne Book Roundtable: V. P. Franklin’s “Young Crusaders” Presented on September 28

This book roundtable panel will discuss V. P. Franklin’s 2021 book, “The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.” This special book panel will include presenters V. P. Franklin of University of California, Riverside, Genna Rae McNeil, Derrick P. Alridge of University of Virginia, Linda Perkins of Claremont Graduate University, and chaired by Jarvis R. Givens of Harvard University.

Hine-Horne Book Roundtable: Tyrone McKinley Freeman: “Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow” Presented on September 25

The roundtable panel will include presenters Tyrone McKinley Freeman of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dennis Clark Dickerson of Vanderbilt University, Crystal M. Moten, Smithsonian Institution of the National Museum of American History, LaShawn Harris of Michigan State University, and chaired by Tiffany Gill of the University of Delaware.

“Illuminating the Black Family in History: A Retrospective on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Presented on September 25

A Retrospective on Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Recipient of ASALH’s Inaugural Luminary Award.

Hine-Horne Book Roundtable: Brandi Brimmer, “Claiming Union Widowhood: Race, Respectability, and Poverty in the Post-Emancipation South” Presented on September 23

This roundtable panel will discuss Brandi Brimmer’s 2021 book, “Claiming Union Widowhood: Race, Respectability, and Poverty in the Post-Emancipation South.” Panelists will engage Brimmer’s fascinating work on Black women’s public and private lives during the Reconstruction era.

Plenary Session: “From Roots to Ancestry: Doing Black Family History” Presented on September 23

This session will feature Gina Paige from African Ancestry, Inc., Elizabeth Clark-Lewis of Howard University, Debra Newman Ham of Morgan State University, Kendra Field of Tufts University.

Hine-Horne Book Roundtable: Jarvis Givens, “Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and The Art of Black Teaching” Presented on September 21

The roundtable participants will offer a critical conversation on the African American intellectual tradition of teaching, while exploring what Givens calls “fugitive pedagogy” — a theory and practice amongst Black educators.

Plenary Session: “I Fear For My Life: They That Mourn” Presented on September 21

In this session, the 400 Years of African-American History Commission and its guest scholars will explore this fear paradox.

Plenary Session: “Black History and Family Legacies” Presented on September 18

This session will explore the historical legacies of major Black historical figures through their family members living today, featuring Michelle Duster of Columbia College Chicago and direct descendant of Ida B. Wells-Barnet, Madam C.J. Walker descendent, biographer, and journalist A’Lelia Bundles and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and a direct descendant of Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

Hine-Horne Book Roundtable: Mia Bay “Traveling Black” Presented on September 18

This roundtable panel will include Mia Bay of the University of Pennsylvania, Waldo Martin of the University of California at Berkeley, Brandi Brimmer of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Shawn Alexander of the University of Kansas, and chaired by LaShawn Harris of Michigan State University.

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Hine-Horne Book Roundtable: Alison Parker “Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell” Presented on September 16

Roundtable participants will offer a critical conversation on the first full-length biography of Mary Church Terrell; the first president the National Association of Colored Women and founding member of the NAACP

“Black Families and Public Policy: New Frontiers in the Fight for Black Families” Presented on September 16

This session will examine the impact of historic and recent public policy decisions on today’s Black families featuring Andre Perry of The Brookings Institution, Noliwe Rooks of Cornell University, Dorothy Brown of Emory University, Catherine Flowers and Nikole Hannah-Jones of Howard University.

Social Justice “Workshop Wednesdays”: This is What Democracy Looks Like

Join us October 6 from 6-8 p.m. for PART FOUR or our virtual Workshop series on social justice

Social Justice “Workshop Wednesdays”: History of Policing

Join us September 29 from 6-8 p.m. for PART THREE or our virtual Workshop series on social justice

Social Justice “Workshop Wednesdays”: Understanding the Language of Black Liberation

Join us September 22 from 6-8 p.m. for PART TWO or our virtual Workshop series on social justice

Social Justice “Workshop Wednesdays”: Understanding the Language of Racial Oppression

Join us September 15 from 6-8 p.m. for PART ONE or our virtual Workshop series on social justice

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter Fourth Edition

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

U.S. Forest Service Creates Multi-Forest Interpretive Program Highlighting Underground Railroad

The U.S. Forest Service has created this multi-Forest interpretive program to highlight people and places along the historic Underground Railroad. Some of these sites are “virtual” locations and are intended […]

Illuminating the Black Family in History: A Retrospective on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

A Retrospective on Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Recipient of ASALH’s Inaugural Luminary Award.

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, August 23: Marking 10 Years of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

Today, we celebrate our 10th anniversary. This ongoing work to install all 55 of arrival site markers reflects our commitment to justice, healing, and truth-telling with a more inclusive narrative […]

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, August 22: Middle Passage and MPCPMP History

There are 55 documented U.S. Middle Passage arrival locations, 29 have markers, 5 are in planning for marker installations in 2022, and 21 still require ceremonies and markers. From 1526 […]

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, August 21: Expressions Of Remembrance

The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project is marking its 10th anniversary this month. The Project is committed to commemorating the lives of the two million captive Africans who […]

ASALH Martha’s Vineyard Branch Makes News Once Again

The Martha’s Vineyard branch made news for their event, Defending Marginalized History, Global Preservation of African Burial Grounds with Peggy King Jorde. Click each below to read the full stories […]

Register for the 106th Annual Meeting and Virtual Conference

ASALH will hold innovative virtual programming September 14-30 celebrating the 2021 Black History Theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

ASALH Savannah Yamacraw Branch Presents Forum on Impact of Savannah’s Four Black Mayors

The Savannah Yamacraw Branch of ASALH presented a forum on African-American mayoral leadership in Savannah, highlighting issues of housing, the economy, unity and race relations. The event included a discussion […]

Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic Virtual Exhibit

Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic is a collection of paintings, drawings, photography, excerpts from interviews and other expressions by African Americans in South Carolina about the impact of […]

Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows Panel Discussion

Executive Council Member, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, was invited to join the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program for their 25th Annual Summer Seminars

Executive Council Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected Executive Council Officers for the term of January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter Third Edition

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

View the Conference Schedule

Session will convene on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from September 14 through September 30, 2021

ASALH TV presents “In Retrospect and Prospect S2, E4: Examining Urban Renewal: A Public History Initiative”

Join ASALH on August 11 at 7:00 p.m. EST for a conversation with David Hochfelder, Associate Professor, and Director, Public History MA Program at the University at Albany, SUNY, and historian Ann Pfau who is developing a digital history of urban renewal in New York State called Picturing Urban Renewal

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission Unveiled Cataract House Historic Marker at Press Conference on August 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2021 Contact: Sabina Ramsey (716) 308-6208 sabina@thinkinsight.co Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission Unveiled Cataract House Historic Marker at Press Conference on August 5 (Niagara […]

ASALH Manhattan Branch, Ashley Dene Smith – Recipient of Claflin University New York Metro Alumni Award

We are very pleased to congratulate Ashley Dene Smith, a member of Manhattan Branch ASALH, on being one of the recipients of an award from Claflin University.  This award was […]

It’s a Family Affair: The Black Family and the Fight for Civil Rights

Register for the 106th Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference and The National Park Conservation Association Plenary Session held virtually on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. EST

Register for The Howard University Social Justice Consortium

The Howard University Social Justice Consortium (SJC) is a cross-organizational, cross-institutional, interdisciplinary partnership that is concerned with educating society and developing the critical consciousness people need to analyze injustice in their own communities and develop innovative and collaborative action-oriented remedies.

Legendary BSC alumnus William B. Robertson dies at 88 Charles Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.   Jun. 23—BLUEFIELD — A legendary Bluefield State College alumnus has passed away. William Bernard […]

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.

ASALH Mourns the Passing of Robert (Bob) Parris Moses

Bob Moses, like John Lewis, will be remembered as one of the giants of the civil rights movement—the voice of a youthful generation that came of age through protest activism that would eventually open doors of opportunity, once denied to Black people by state-sanctioned segregation and voter disfranchisement laws

Black Health Matters: Health Focused Newsletter Second Edition

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

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 National Program Celebrating the Black Family

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”

Juneteenth

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 […]

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 […]

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. 

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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. […]

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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

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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 […]

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]