Juneteenth Day 2021 Festival, Sewickley PA


Heinz History Center


Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle presented our Branch with a proclamation declaring “Dr. Carter G. Woodson Day” in the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 11, 2020.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Day In Council Chambers

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Day Ceremony held in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers on February 11, 2020.  As part of our Founders Day Celebration, I gave a brief history of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch and of our esteemed founder Dr. Woodson. I introduced each ASALH Branch member present and also introduced members of the Black Political Empowerment Project B-PEP who joined us in our Founder’s Day Celebration.

I commended and gave recognition to Councilman R. Daniel’s grandfather, Robert R. Lavelle who in 1967 filed a lawsuit in the Federal  District Court in Pittsburgh against the all white realtors group (multi-list) that had denied him membership. He won an out of court settlement and became the first Black member of the local multi-list. In doing so, he opened the way for all Black and other minority realtors to become multi-list members across the country. Robert R. Lavelle was a pioneer and family friend. His son and Councilman R. Daniel’s father, Robert M. Lavelle was one of the Pittsburgh students who participated in Freedom Summer in 1964 in the State of Mississippi.

May 2020: Betty Pickett, Judy and Ronald Saunders delivered educational door drops to students in the historic Hill District this past Wednesday. This Branch activity is being conducted with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Community Engagement.



104th Annual Meeting and Conference, “Around Charleston” Tour

June Dowdy, Founding President, Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch

June Dowdy, Founding President


ASALH and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown Business Branch, February 16, 2019

ASALH and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Downtown Business Branch program held on Saturday February 16, 2019. Marlene Bransom and Robert Goode gave excellent presentations.


Edna McKenzie Branch and Carnegie Downtown Business Library event

Salute to Veterans at McKenzie Branch Event Nov. 9, 2019