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 Chaplain’s Monthly Inspiration: March 2023

Do not neglect to do food and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. – Hebrews 13:16

Branch News

ASALH James Weldon Johnson Branch “Black Resistance” Short

A chapter from Jacksonville’s “Black Resistance.” This video won the Jacksonville Film Festival last year.


Civil Rights icon Rev. James Lawson continues his fight against racism

Credited as the architect of the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. James Lawson played an integral role in the nonviolent protests of the south in the 1960s. Lawson was called upon by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to teach his practices of nonviolence to students in order to protest against racial discrimination laws. Now in his 90s, his life’s work is being recognized.


The story behind the man responsible for Black History Month

Written by Sandhya Dirks NPR News   A MARTÍNEZ, HOST: It’s Black History Month. And the man who laid the foundations of this celebration is Carter G. Woodson. He founded […]


Our Authors Study Club, INC. Announces 2023 City-Wide Black History Month and the National Theme of “Black Resistance in The Past, Present, and Future”

Join the Our Authors Study Club, INC., (OASC) and 2023 Honorary Chair, Michael Lawson, President & CEO of Los Angeles Urban League for the Seventy-Eight Black History Month celebration and the Seventy-Third City Wide celebration in continuous partnership with every mayor since 1950.