The Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALH), the Founders of Black History Month, will launch its first public event in a yearlong commemoration of the forced migration of Africans to the Virginia Colony in 1619. A stimulating discussion on the meaning of this year in African American History and in the context of “400 Years of Perseverance” will occur on Friday, February 1, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. at the National Press Club located at 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this press event please contact Mr. Roy Betts at 202.256.4174 or by email at A dedicated website to the 400th Commemoration was launched on Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday, December 19th 2018 at