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.



Media Alert: ASALH Announces it’s 2022 Award Recipients

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is proud to announce the 2022 Award recipients, which will be given at the 107th Annual Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, from September 29th to October 1st.

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Savannah Yamacraw Branch Event, “The Power of Story” and “Black World”

Dr. Bertice Berry, author, lecturer and inspirational speaker brought two groundbreaking, stirring presentations by leading a discussion on storytelling and race among a diverse local audience in Savannah, GA.


‘Honest assessment of the past’: Community Hero Steve Murray, keeper of Alabama’s true history

It serves as Alabama’s attic. The Alabama Department of Archives and History, established in 1901, was the first state archives in the nation. The big building, catty corner from the state Capitol, serves as the repository of public records in the state, from governors’ correspondence to town clerk documents.


ASALH Detroit and the Charles H. Wright MAAH Announces the Reception of Former President Jamon Jordan of ASALH Detroit

ASALH Detroit is proud to announce the appointment of Former President Jamon Jordan as the First Historian for the City of Detroit.


ASALH Bronx Branch Member on Tavis Smiley Show

ASALH Bronx Branch member Eric K. Washington was on the “Tavis Smiley Show” — an LA-based talk-radio show ( — to talk about efforts to landmark the former Colored School No. 4 at 128 West 17th Street.