You can count on 2021 ushering in a vastly different year! And ASALH will help make it so.
It is going to be the talk of the town…ASALH’s first-ever virtual month-long Black History Month programming: The 2021 Black History Month Festival.
Throughout the month of February 2021, ASALH will host a festival, virtual programming in observance and celebration of the strengths, struggles, resistance—and the sheer perseverance of the Black family. The Festival will be a series of stellar educational events that demonstrate how Black people helped shape the American landscape and were shaped by it, posited through the lens of food, religion, social justice, education, economics, and music arts and their impact on the endurance of Black families.
The program line-up to date is outstanding and features the presentation of the first-ever ASALH Book Prize for stellar work leading to the publication of a book on the Black experience; a discussion with popular chefs, cookbook authors and food historians of the positioning of food from Africa in the American palate, including preparation styles, seasonings, and types of food; conversations among renown scholars, educators and activists about the heritage of Black families, the search for and preservation of archeological artifacts from wrecked slave ships, and growing up in a single family household. These weekly programs will be punctuated with a variety of musical genres performed by students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including a recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the first such group in America. Get ready for a poignant review of bold aspirations and how the Black family has endured.