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.

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

Online via Zoom

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

Online via Zoom

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

Online via Zoom

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.

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.

Pandemics, Protests, and the Continuing Legacy of Slavery

Wake Forest University and Guilford College NC

Join us for a symposium in Greensboro and Winston-Salem hosted by Guilford College and Wake Forest University. Day one will be held in Greensboro and Day two will be in […]

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, […]