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Remarks by ASALH After Announcement of Grand Jury Decision in New York City

WASHINGTON – December 3, 2014 - The New York grand jury's failure to indict any officer for the killing of Eric Garner is yet more evidence that the lives of African Americans are devalued by too many of our fellow citizens nationwide. In the past decade, we have witnessed the rise of vigilante empowerment in the form of stand-your-ground and open carry laws, and we have seen ample evidence that the implementation of these policies work for the majority population at the expense of African American lives. The advent of widespread video recording devices has made it clear that black people die at the hands of police with a frightening regularity that suggests we as a community are confronted with a police power supported by an indifferent majority.

From the murder of Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride by armed civilians to the police slayings of John Crawford III, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and numerous others, we find ourselves in need of protection from our fellow citizens and our government alike. In the tradition of our founder, Carter G. Woodson, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History will harness knowledge for the sake uplifting black life, making it sacred, and transforming America into the democracy it professes to be.

Daryl Michael Scott
National President

Posted: 12/4/14

ASALH member Rev. Dr. Richard Adams to be honored by the Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter of the Morgan Alumni Association.

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Posted: 12/03/14

Remarks by ASALH After Announcement of Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson

WASHINGTON – November 25, 2014 - The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) stands with the family of Michael Brown and with all people who recognize how racism gives birth to injustice. Like most Americans of conscience we cannot sit idly by as unchecked police power cheapens our lives and creates a failure of government not witnessed since the dark days of lynching.

We rededicate ourselves to providing knowledge for empowerment and countering falsehoods with truth. We will explore and tell the story of how our nation came to what one leading scholar calls a new nadir. We will bring together experts and leaders dedicated to ending mass criminalization and creating a democracy that values equal citizenship and justice for all.

Daryl Michael Scott
National President

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Posted: 11/25/14

ASALH Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Icon Marion Berry

Posted: 11/25/14

Congratulations ASALH member Darlene Clark Hine

Congratulations go to ASALH member Darlene Clark Hine for being selected a 2015 National Women's History Month, African American Women's History Pioneer. Darlene Clark Hine is a pioneering scholar in the field of African American women's history.

Posted: 11/19/14

ASALH Mourns the Loss of Business Icon Herman Russell

Herman J. Russell, the iconic entrepreneur who built the nation's largest black-owned construction and real estate firm, as well as much of the Atlanta skyline, died today at the age of 83. He was also a behind-the-scenes financial backer of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., later playing a critical role in the construction (both literally and in terms of economic and civic participation for African Americans) of the "New South" Atlanta during the administration of the city's first black mayor, Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Russell was the first black member of Atlanta's Chamber of Commerce and the second black person to lead the organization as its president.

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Posted: 11/19/14


Washington, D.C. - President Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint Robert G. Stanton to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

Robert G. Stanton, of Fairfax Station, Va., will be appointed for a four-year term as an expert member of the ACHP. No stranger to preservation, Stanton was the 15th director of the National Park Service (NPS) from 1997-2001 and most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. Stanton started his career in 1962 as a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park and rose to leadership of the NPS. He has been actively engaged with a number of national conservation organizations and initiatives, having co-founded the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation. Stanton has been nationally recognized through numerous awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation and youth programs, and has been awarded five honorary doctoral degrees. He has a B.S. from Huston-Tillotson University. Stanton is currently a visiting university lecturer and private consultant in national park administration, natural and cultural resource management and diversity in employment and public programs.

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Posted: 11/06/14

Newly Organized Detroit Branch

ASALH proudly announces that the Detroit Branch was organized at the 99th Annual Meeting and Conference in Memphis, TN. The members are shown with ASALH President - Dr. Daryl Scott.

Posted: 11/05/14

Washington Informer's 50th Anniversary Celebrates Local Influencers

The 50th anniversary influencers' reception, held at the Carnegie Library in Northwest on Thursday Oct. 23, marked the last of a series of events sponsored by the newspaper to mark its five decades of weekly news coverage of events in the Greater Washington Area. ASALH's own Executive Director, Sylvia Cyrus, and ASALH Executive Council Member, Dorothy Bailey, were recognized as awardees, with several other ASALH Members in attendance

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Posted: 11/03/14

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St. Petersburg Yacht Club February 27, 2015
Time: 6.00PM
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89th Annual ASALH Black History Month Luncheon & Featured Authors Event

February 28, 2015
Authors Event: 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Luncheon: 12:30 p.m.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road N.W. | Washington, DC 20008

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Centennial Woodson/Franklin Talks

February 04, 2015

Location: Oxon Hill Library, Oxon Hill, Maryland

Executive Council Meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
9:30 a.m.

Friday & Saturday, June 5 & 6, 2015
Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
9:00 a.m.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 45th Annual Legislative Conference

September 16 - 19, 2015

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The Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference
September 23 - 27, 2015

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson Celebration

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration
December 19, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

2016 Annual Conference

October 4 - 9, 2016
Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA - 23219 USA