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.



ASALH Saint Petersburg Branch Supports ‘Woodson Warriors’ Scholarships

In an awards ceremony held May 7, 2022, at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL, local Branch President Attorney Jacqueline Hubbard was present to deliver a ‘check’ in the amount of $12,700.00.


ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch Member Rodney Hurst Receives Liberty Bell Award

James Weldon Johnson Branch of ASALH member Rodney L. Hurst received the “Liberty Bell Award” from the Jacksonville Bar Association during their 2022 Law Day Luncheon on May 4, 2022.


Black Farmers Lost $326 Billion Worth of Land in 20th Century, Study Finds

Our March 15th Program titled: The Future of Farming: Women in the Forefront featured the State of Georgia’s youngest certified farmer, Kendall Rae Johnson with her mother Ursula Johnson and ASALH Rochester New York Branch President, Pamela Reese Smith a member of Black Farmers United NYS.

Branch News

Outstanding Contributions to Frostburg State University by the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH

The Annual Student Leadership and Awards Program recognizes student leaders, staff, faculty and friends from across the campus and region. The program this year will feature an award recognizing the Outstanding External Support from the Executive Board of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH located in Pittsburgh.


ASALH Atlanta Branch Event, Ask a Black Doctor: Black Health and Wellness Forum

The ASALH Atlanta Branch is a sponsor of this community health event. Our Branch has partnered with the ETA Omega Chapter of Atlanta’s Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to bring this event to the Atlanta community.


ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch Member George Gillis Quoted in the Washington Post on February 11, 2022 on Governor Ron DeSantis

A quote from the Washington Post article printed February 11, 2022: George Gillis, 76, who serves as chairman of the deacons at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, said he is concerned about DeSantis’s motives for slicing up the district where he lives and prays.