ASALH is the world’s oldest learned society, established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915, that empowers through knowledge racial understanding and appreciation of African American history and culture.
ASALH is a recognized 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Our membership is open to dues-paying individuals and organizations who support our mission and vision. We encourage ASALH members to join and form branches to document local history and promote Black life, history and culture in communities across America and abroad. ASALH is incorporated in Washington, DC and is led by a working Executive Council and governed by a Constitution and Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
ASALH members are encouraged to actively participate in ASALH by supporting the national and local programs, events, publications, and fundraisers (primarily an annual luncheon and annual conference). The membership of ASALH is invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting which is held at the Annual Conference.


Fred Smith of Athens recently received a national award for his community service work. Contributed.

Athenian receives national award from African-American group as written by Wayne Ford

Fred Smith, a retired Georgia Department of Labor official from Athens, was recently presented with a national award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Coming Full Circle: From Jim Crow to Journalism

ASALH Savannah Yamacraw Branch Book Lecture with Author Wanda Lloyd

Wanda Lloyd chronicles her life journey, from growing up in segregated Savannah, to editing roles at seven daily newspapers, and finally back to Savannah to make a difference in her childhood community

Black genealogists

ASALH Philadelphia Heritage Branch President Regina Vaughn featured in USA TODAY

“Regina Vaughn has been painstakingly tracing her family legacy dating back to slavery to keep a vow she made to her late mother more than a decade ago

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ASALH W. Marvin Dulaney Branch D/FW Annual Carter G. Woodson Luncheon featuring “Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase.”

The African American Museum is opening a new exhibition, “Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase.”


ASALH W. Marvin Dulaney Branch D/FW Black Health and Wellness 2022: Sports

Many athletes are hiring nutrition consultants and personal chefs to make sure that they are eating right during the regular season and the offseason