These events are open to the public but there is a charge

Pre-Conference African American Heritage Bus Tour – “Smithsonian on the Landscape”
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Taking a cue from the Smithsonian, this tour will highlight the black settlements and mixed-race communities that are featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “The Power of Place Exhibit”:  Places that will be visited are:

  • Fountain City new interpretive center and the adjoining Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
  • Union Literary Institute near Spartanburg
  • James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead just across the Ohio border

African American Heritage Bus Tour – “Heroes, Herstory and History”
Thursday, October 4, 20178 / 7:00 – 11:45 AM

As part of the Indianapolis African-American Heritage Tour, learn about a Revolutionary War hero, a female entrepreneur/philanthropist with a theatre in her honor and what they left behind today.  Places that will be visited are:

  • Indiana War Memorial and Museum
  • Kennedy- King Park Landmark for Peace Memorial – National Commemorative Site
  • Crispus Attucks Museum

ASALH Luncheons – Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – Marriott 6 – 2nd floor / 12:00 – 1:45 PM

Thursday, October 4 Speaker: Judge Robert L. Wilkins, “The History Behind the National Museum”
Friday, October 5 Speakers: Ibram X. Kendi & Dr. Heather Ann Thompson
Saturday, October 6 Speaker: Erica Armstrong Dunbar


These events are FREE and open to the public

ASALH Exhibit Area – Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – Marriott Foyer – 2nd floor

Thursday, October 4 12:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday, October 5 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, October 6 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Film Festival – Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – Santa Fe – 2nd floor

Thursday, October 4 2:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday, October 5 8:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Saturday, October 6 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM


THURSDAY, October 4, 2018

Plenary Session I – Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – Marriott 5 – 2nd floor
Thursday, October 4, 2018 / 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Topic:  Against US Imperialism: Pan-Africanism and Black Internationalism, 1900-2016
Authors’ Book Signing / 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown


FRIDAY, October 5, 2018

Poetry Slam / 10:00 PM – 12:30 AM, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown


SATURDAY, October 6, 2018

Plenary Session II – Indianapolis Marriott Downtown – Marriott 5 – 2nd floor
Saturday, October 6, 2018 / 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Topic: African Americans and the Great War