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.
Hidden in Full View introduces the story of the lynching of Matthew Williams in Salisbury, Maryland. The story of townspeople who stole a life, terrorized Black residents, destroyed the Black business district, listened to the testimony from 124 witnesses to the brutal lynching, and yet held no one accountable. To this day.
This Plenary Session, sponsored by the Howard/Mellon Social Justice Consortium, features panelists Orville Vernon Burton, Armand Derfner, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Hilary N. Green, Robert L. Harris, Jr., and Fred Gray.
In February 1945, the U.S. Army sent 855 black women from the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) to England and France to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theater of Operations. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the SixTripleEight, was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during WWII. Confronted with racism and sexism from their own leadership and troops, they served with honor and distinction completing their mission in six months.