The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and Hampton Roads, Virginia ASALH Branch Invite You to Join Us In Commemorating 400 Years of Perseverance

Friday, August 23, 2019
6 pm – 8 pm
Hampton University Memorial Chapel
Hampton, Virginia

Free and Open to the Public

In commemorating 400 years since the arrival of Africans in the first permanent English Colony in North America, we honor African American perseverance, in this land of the Indigenous people, from 1619 to the present. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) views commemorating our foreparents’ 400 years of horrific struggles and astonishing triumphs as an event of historic significance to people of African descent, and all people. Each year ASALH establishes a Black History Month Theme. This commemoration speaks directly to ASALH’s selected annual Black History theme for 2019—“Black Migrations.”

ASALH’s 400th Commemoration Committee and the ASALH Hampton Roads, Virginia Branch seek to educate America and the global community about the arrival of Africans in the Virginia Colony and tell the story of the resilience of the African American family, their contributions to America, and most of all, African American perseverance over four centuries. To that end, a panel of ASALH scholars will shed light on the past, present and future of our people—those who perished, those who survived, today’s fortunate ones who are thriving and those struggling in poverty, for whom we stand.