In partnership with Howard University and sponsored by the Mellon Just Futures Initiative, Social Justice at ASALH, is a cross-organizational, cross-institutional, interdisciplinary initiative that includes fellowships, workshops, and outreach materials on social justice. Social Justice at ASALH focuses on the community, bringing practical knowledge and theories, learned through the lived experience of activists and oppressed groups, that are often overlooked or discounted inside the academy.


Howard University and ASALH have collaborated in the creation of the Social Justice Consortium. ASALH has long addressed issues of social justice. Since the time of its founding in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, ASALH has operated from the premise that racial discrimination must be fought not only by legal suits in the courtroom and marches in the street, but also by historical knowledge presented inside and outside the classroom. This cross-institutional partnership provides participants with invaluable skills to identify, analyze, and address issues of historical and present injustice and inequity in their communities. Furthermore, this collaboration seeks to impart a vision of society that lives up to the ideals and guarantees stated in the U.S. Constitution. Both Howard and ASALH have an extensive history of service to the African American community and, over time, each has implemented a variety of youth, adult, and senior programs designed for the betterment of the community.

Individuals who participate in Social Justice at ASALH will attend workshops, ASALH Conference events, and the Social Justice Reading Room. They will have the opportunity to experience social justice terminology and curriculum through multiple mediums and experiences. This work complements the Howard University Social Justice Consortium (SJC) certificate program.

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Social Justice Reading Room

Memoir as a Voice for Justice

How Far Have We Come?

Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court

Social Justice Workshop Wednesdays

ASALH is pleased to be a partner in the Social Justice Consortium (SJC) sponsored by The Howard University, which is a cross-organizational, cross-institutional, interdisciplinary partnership that is concerned with educating society and developing the critical consciousness people need to analyze injustice in their own communities and develop innovative and collaborative action-oriented remedies. The SJC has three pathways to increase community knowledge on this topic, including supporting social justice research, art, and activism, but its most significant is its effort to democratize access to knowledge through its innovative Social Justice certificate.

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