The WMD Branch’s annual Woodson luncheon is just one of the recurring, signature programs mandated for all local branches by the national office of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. “ASALH®.”
Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ASALH is the organization founded by “the Father of Black History.” Over a hundred years later, ASALH continues Dr. Woodson’s legacy. ASALH’s mission is to create and disseminate Black History as the premier Black Heritage society. This vision is accomplished through a strong network of branches throughout the nation. Each branch is rooted in its own local history, offering programs, events, activities, etc. that promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to their own immediate communities. This structure assures that The Association operates “on the ground,” integrating local histories into national as well as global conversations; and, the founding of the W. Marvin Dulaney branch in Dallas, Texas recognizes the unique work and contributions of our city to the field of Black History.
The chair of the WMD’s 4th Annual Woodson Luncheon is Mrs. Joan Bouldin, veteran educator and retired Dallas ISD administrator. She has confirmed that Mrs. Diane Tucker’s luncheon address will be: “Black Migrations and the Southern Roots of American Popular Music.” Mrs. Tucker, a playwriter and owner/operator of Tucker’s Blues, holds a Master’s Degree in Humanities from Southern Methodist University (SMU). Her address will be flanked with the singing of “The Negro National Anthem” by the South Dallas Concert Choir and the public presentation of the branch’s official charter as an affiliate of ASALH® by ASALH’s Executive Director, Mrs. Sylvia Cyrus.