The 2022 Black History Month Festival


The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but […]

Black History Month Festival Opening

Online via Zoom

The opening session will describe the month-long celebration of the 2022 Black History theme, Black Health and Wellness, and will invite viewers to join with ASALH in acknowledging the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, and other ways of knowing throughout the African Diaspora.

Branch Event Manhattan Branch: Race and Health Disparities in Urban African American Communities

Online via ASALH TV

The Manhattan Branch will host a panel discussion on health care disparities in urban African American communities. The panel will explore ways in which race has shaped African American health throughout American history and how it paralleled, reinforced or contradicted the ways in which racialized conceptions of Blacks have shaped healthcare opportunities and/other discourses.

Author’s Book Talk Event: An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era: From Papiamentu to German

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An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era: From Papiamentu to German is the true story of how Lionel Romney experienced the Nazi era as told to his daughter, Mary L. Romney-Schaab.   He was one of relatively few Black people to be imprisoned in the concentration camp system and even fewer who lived to tell about it. 

Author’s Book Talk Event: These Shoulders I Stand On: A Historical Journey from Sojourner Truth to Kamala Harris

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From freedom fighter, Sojourner Truth, to relentless US vice-president, Kamala Harris, a remarkable poetic thread weaves through the inspiring pursuits and accomplishments of many stunning women throughout human history. With each woman, there’s a lesson to be taught and learned: Odds are real. Struggles are daunting. Difficulty respects no age, race or gender. But they can all be overcome. Learn history and victories presented in short, fun, and impactful lines that paint a picture of hope, audacity and girl-power.

Author’s Book Talk Event: Culturally Competent Nursing: An Evaluation Plan

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Although programs and webinars discuss cultural competency, these initiatives often lack an assessment resource to determine the growth and progress of an individual. This is a scholarly resource that offers the guidance and resources to evaluate an individual or entity’s cultural competency and identify areas of development.

Author’s Book Talk Event: Class Interruptions: Inequality and Division in African Diasporic Women’s Fiction

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As downward mobility continues to be an international issue, Robin Brooks offers a timely intervention between the humanities and social sciences by examining how Black women’s cultural production engages debates about the growth in income and wealth gaps in global society during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this innovative book employs major contemporary texts by both African American and Caribbean writers—Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Dawn Turner, Olive Senior, Oonya Kempadoo, Merle Hodge, and Diana McCaulay—to demonstrate how neoliberalism, within the broader framework of racial capitalism, reframes structural inequalities as personal failures, thus obscuring how to improve unjust conditions.

Author’s Book Talk Event: A Good Ending for Bad Memories

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In the 1860s, Lloyd Earl was an African American entrepreneur disguised as an enslaved carpenter who traveled nationwide with freedom papers forged by his own hand. Collector of the “comebacks,” Lloyd Earl built the first Negro Kitchen Library in the USA. His family and others like it were found on a list called The Curiously Successful Negro. A list kept in secret for more than 100 years by Harvard University!

Black Bodies, Part I: Exploitation in Medicine


The first session will examine the history of medicine, clinical practice, and policies that have impacted African American health and contributed to disparities. Discussion will include the origins of American gynecology, Henrietta Lacks HeLa cells, and the Lyles Station radiation experiments.

ASALH Book Prize

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

Presidential Conversation


A highlight of this year’s Festival is a moderated conversation with ASALH President W. Marvin Dulaney and Presidents of Black medical schools and professional health organizations.

Author’s Book Talk Event: Generations of Freedom: Gender, Movement, and Violence in Natchez, 1779-1865

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In Generations of Freedom Nik Ribianszky employs the lenses of gender and violence to examine family, community, and the tenacious struggles by which free blacks claimed and maintained their freedom under shifting international governance from Spanish colonial rule (1779-95), through American acquisition (1795) and eventual statehood (established in 1817), and finally to slavery’s legal demise in 1865.

Author’s Book Talk Event: 8 Pearls of Wisdom

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Author Kimberly A. Morrow is on a mission to empower parents to become better advocates for their children. Parents often are confronted with issues of not knowing essential study skills for children, technology, preparing their child for college and tackling their child's learning deficiency and more. Ms. Morrow shares real-life experiences and inspirational stories of hope, success in the classroom and perhaps most importantly, addresses issues that often affect students. 8 Pearls of Wisdom offers interwoven stories that will certainly inspire innovation, encourage, authentic learning and offer practical ways to empower students to pursue their passion. This book demonstrates how the impossible - or what is perceived impossible is anything but that.

Author’s Book Talk Event: Black is the Journey, Africana the Name

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In this highly original book, Maboula Soumahoro explores the cultural and political vastness of the Black Atlantic, where Africa, Europe, and the Americas were tied together by the brutal realities of the slave trade and colonialism. Each of these spaces has its own way of reading the Black body and the Black experience, and its own modes of visibility, invisibility, silence, and amplification of Black life.

Author’s Book Talk Event: To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead: African American Lodges and Cemeteries in Tennessee

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Benevolent Orders, the Sons of Ham, Prince Hall Freemasons—these and other African American lodges created a social safety net for members across Tennessee. During their heyday between 1865 and 1930, these groups provided members with numerous resources, such as sick benefits and assurance of a proper burial, opportunities for socialization and leadership, and the chance to work with local churches and schools to create better communities. Many of these groups gradually faded from existence, but their legacy endures in the form of the cemeteries the lodges left behind.

Black Bodies, Part II: Race Norming in the NFL


The second session will focus on contemporary issues addressing health and well-being among Black athletes. It will feature a round table discussion among former NFL players and sports medicine professionals about issues of race norming, mental health and other relevant topics affecting the health and well-being of Black athletes.

107th Annual Meeting and Conference

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery

The ASALH Annual Conference is an occasion to explore the history and culture of people of African descent. Our conference brings together more than one thousand people, including educators, students, community builders, business professionals, and others who share an abiding interest in learning about the contribution of African Americans to this nation and the world.

108th Annual Meeting and Conference

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville

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