The Association for the Study of African American Life and History Announces



The 104th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History will take place in Charleston, South Carolina on October 2-6, 2019, with the theme of “Black Migra- tions.” The mission of the ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community. The Annual Meeting and Conference provides an opportunity for students, scholars, and lay persons to come together and fulfill the ASALH’s mission.

At this year’s ASALH Meeting and Conference middle and high school students will have the opportunity to participate in a Student Poster Session on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the conference hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center, North Charleston. To participate in the Student Poster Session, students will submit abstracts outlining their proposed posters based on the ASALH 2020 Black History Month theme, “African Americans and the Vote.”

The ASALH’s 2020 Black History Month theme “African Americans and the Vote” emphasizes the historic struggle of African-American citizens to gain and use the right to vote to improve their quality of life and to change America. In a 1957 speech, for example, Dr. Martin Luther King stated: “Give us the vote and we will change the South!” His statement reflected how African Americans have used the right to vote guaranteed un- der the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution to promote public education, to advocate for civic reform, to run for public office, and to fight for social and political change in American society. Of all the constitutional guarantees, for African Americans the right to vote has been essential.

In addition to asking students to consider the historic struggle of African Americans for the right to vote, this year’s poster session theme also focuses student attention on the importance of the 2020 election.

The Call for Abstracts is open to all middle and high school students in Berkeley, Charleston and Dochester counties. Students with an interest in American History and Social Studies are encouraged to apply.

No more than 25 abstracts will be selected for poster presentation. Students whose abstracts are selected for presentation as posters at the conference will receive support for their travel to the conference and free regis- tration for the conference.

Two outstanding abstracts will be chosen for oral presentations and each oral presenter will receive a cash scholarship. Judges will also award cash scholarships to the best three posters in two categories: middle and high school. Judges will award scholarships in both the Middle School and High School categories in the fol- lowing amounts: 1st Place = $500 2nd Place = $250 3rd Place = $100 All participants in the Student Poster Session will receive a Certificate of Participation from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Please review the abstract submission guidelines prior to beginning the submission process.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES Abstracts must address and outline some aspect of the 2020 Black History Month theme of “African Americans and the Vote,” and how the poster will present it. (Examples: The Impact of the Fifteenth Amendment, The Voting Rights Act, The Impact of Disfran- chisement Methods in the South, Voting Rights Cases, etc.) Abstracts must have a maximum of 300 words. The abstracts must have the poster’s title and cite the sources that the student plans to use to document and construct the poster. The sources will not be counted as a part of the 300-word limit for the abstract. The actual posters should not be larger than 4 feet by 6 feet. Key dates related to the abstract and poster submission process: The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019. Abstracts will be evaluated by the Poster Review Committee in June 2019. Notification of abstract acceptance and selection for travel awards will be sent to students via email by Monday, July 1, 2019. Students whose abstracts are selected will submit their completed posters in a digital PowerPoint file by Thursday, August 15, 2019 for review and completion by the Poster Review Committee.

For more information, contact:

Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney ASALH Student Poster Session Chair 817.406.8443 Abstracts should be submitted by email to:, and include student’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of the school that s/he is attending.