The Vote: An Act of Spiritual Warfare

During the opening ceremony for our virtual conference, we will hear from Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan of the historic St. Paul’s Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA. In celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870), Pastor Callahan will reflect on ways of seeing the act of voting as a part of connecting to our higher selves and to those who sacrificed much to ensure us all of the opportunities that voting provides.

Presidential Session: WOKE VOTE

This is the inside story of how a movement founded by a preacher’s daughter from Birmingham who worked in the Obama White House assembled a team and strategy to send a Democrat to the Senate from Alabama for the first time in 25 years—and then helped to restore voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons, the most significant expansion of voting rights since the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

PLENARY SESSION: From the Front Porch: What Alabama Teaches the World

As one of the sites in America’s Civil Rights Crossroads, Alabama helped draw international media attention to the need for change in America. This panel presents the insights of some of Alabama’s greatest gifts to the world, social justice activists and human rights champions.

James Weldon Johnson Branch Founders Day Program, Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Urban League 903 W. Union Street , Jacksonville

The James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH holds its monthly meeting on most 4th Saturdays. Founders Day Program Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Location: Jacksonville Urban League  903 […]

The Vote and Repairing the Breach: Insights from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

This 30 minute forum with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer at Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will allow registrants to explore the social and spiritual implications of the 2020 Election and the various issues that will be largely impacted by their vote.


We will begin with a PowerPoint presentation on African American Women and the Vote, followed by a non-partisan discussion by attorney and social justice advocate Deborah Gonzalez about the opportunities and challenges for Black Athenians this election year, and about why Black voter participation is crucial this fall and always.

Athens, Georgia, Branch, Founders Day Program

We are sending the Zoom recording of our Founders Day program on African Americans and the Vote in the hope that others will view and enjoy it. Here is the […]

Hampton Roads Branch, Founders Day Virtual Program

Join the Hampton Roads Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) for this informative virtual presentation on the International Theme: African Americans And The […]


To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs. the shield. The struggle for black freedom is wrought with the same contrasts. While nonviolent direct action is remembered as an unassailable part of American democracy, the movement’s militancy is either vilified or erased outright.

Virtual National Book Festival Sept. 25-27 – Register Now!

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year! And, for the first time […]

PLENARY SESSION: Preserving the History of the Voting Rights Struggle

In a year featuring a presidential election, perhaps the most important one of our lifetimes, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is honored to team up with ASALH to host a panel on how the National Park Service and the African American museum community are preserving and interpreting the history of the ongoing struggle for voting rights.

The Annual General Membership Meeting

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) Members should check their email or call the office for more information on this session. Members can access the PRIVATE members webpage by […]

Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote

Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote. The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Hosts a Screening and Q&A w Filmmaker Robert Greenwald Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote by Robert […]