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Local Author Successfully Sues Author House Book Publishers

On June 16, County District Judge Robert Bell, awarded local author Rosetta Lucas Quisenberry $1000, plus court costs, in a small claims case against self-publishing company Author House.   

For more than thirty years, Quisenberry has collected post cards and pictures and other images of Black people that were put onto the open market for sale between 1890 and the 1940’s. Most of these images were negative and used in advertising and a jokes for postcards. Many years ago Ms. Quisenberry self-published a series of books displaying the images so that Black’s would not forget their history.

Ms. Quisenberry complained that Author House did a poor job when transferring her "Saga Series" into e-book format. She testified that pictures were upside down and many words in the text were misspelled. Judge Bell was able to see that and agreed.

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Posted: 07/17/14

187th Anniversary of the Abolition of Chattel Slavery in New York State

Members and supporters of New York Branches of The Association for The Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) are making plans to celebrate the 187th anniversary of the abolition of chattel slavery in New York State. The event will be held at Lehman College, in the Bronx, New York, on Saturday, July 12th., from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon.    

Terrence Gilchrist will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Gilchrist, who holds a Master of Public Administration Degree, from Harvard University, is a Senior Analyst in the office of the Governor of the State of Maryland.

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Posted: 07/10/14

Dr. Janet Sims-Wood Receives 2014 James Partridge Award

Dr. Janet Sims-Wood, Mmember of ASALH Executive Council, received the 2014 James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award presented by the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and the Citizens for Maryland Libraries on April 11, 2014, in College Park, Maryland. The award was presented to Dr. Sims-Wood during the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education: Advocacy, Outreach, and Inclusion by Assistant to the Dean Diane L. Barlow.    

In accepting the award Dr. Sims-Wood said: "When you receive this type of honor it means that you didn’t do it alone. First I give honor to my higher power, then I must give honor to my family…Most of all I honor the people in the field on whose shoulders I still stand…I honor people like Dr. E. J. Josey, Mrs. Clara Stanton Jones, Dr. Thomas Battle, who received this award a few years ago, and Dr. Dorothy Porter Wesley…So today is a day of gratitude and thanks. This award is for the people in the field who work in the public arena, those who go out into the community and those who work behind the scenes…They are the people who make sure that the people we serve receive the best of service."

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Posted: 07/10/14

ASALH JOURNAL PRESS RELEASE - "Rediscovering the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass"

ASALH announces the publication of the latest issue of The Journal of African American History (JAAH), Vol. 99 (Winter­Spring 2014).

Frederick Douglass is considered the most important African American leader in the 19th century and he wrote three autobiographical works: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845); My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881, 1892). While there have been many books and articles devoted to the analysis of the Narrative and My Bondage and My Freedom, the third autobiography Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, has received much less scholarly attention. John McKivigan, the Editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers, serves as the Guest Editor of this JAAH Special Issue in which leading historians of 19th century U. S. and African American history offer insightful and well­documented analyses of Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Focusing on its publication history, reception by critics and the American public, and major themes, John McKivigan, Robin L. Condon, Julie Roy Jeffrey, Robert S. Levine, Peter C. Myers, and Wilson J. Moses provide details on Douglass’s analysis of "natural law", U. S. constitutionalism, North­South reconciliation, and Reconstruction and post­Reconstruction U. S politics.    

The JAAH Winter­Spring 2014 issue also includes Essay Reviews on "12 Years a Slave: Narrative, History, and Film" by Brenda E. Stevenson on Robin D.G. Kelley's biography of "Thelonious Monk: The High Priest of Bebop" by Larry A. Greene and Brenda Gayle Plummer's assessment of two recent anthologies on the Black Power Movement globally.      

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Posted: 07/08/14

MALCOLM X: The Muslim, The Myth, The Man

E. Ethelbert Miller, a literary activist & Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, will lead an insightful discussion about the prominent human rights activist Malcolm X. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held on Sunday, May 18, at 3:00PM.
Oxon Hill Public Library,
6200 Oxon Hill Road,
Oxon Hill,
Maryland 20745

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Posted: 05/14/14

Pullman National Park Supporters Take Their Case to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C -- This week, a delegation of community leaders, led by the National Parks Conservation Association, went to Washington to urge members of Congress to support and co-sponsor Representative Robin Kelly's (IL-2) bill, H.R. 3929, which would designate the historic South Side Pullman neighborhood as Chicago's first national park.

George M. Pullman was an American industrialist who founded the Pullman Palace Car Company to manufacture luxury passenger railcars on the South Side of Chicago. The historic Pullman district was developed to provide his employees with a place to work and live and enjoy productive and healthy lives. The historic Pullman district is one of America's first planned industrial towns and represents nationally significant and important stories of the labor movement, and is home to one of the country's first African-American unions.

Companion legislation, S. 1962, was introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Richard Durbin earlier this year and is gaining support in the senate. Together the joint legislation will help preserve the historic Pullman district, bringing us one step closer to creating Chicago's first national park at Pullman.

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Posted: 05/12/14

Funeral Notice

The Family of Felix Armfield is deeply saddened by his untimely death. They greatly appreciate the sympathy, love, and support we are receiving from his many friends and colleagues. Felix dearly loved us all and his kindred spirit permeated everyone he encountered. In addition to his family, Felix possessed an unwavering commitment to his alma mater, 'dear ole NCCU', and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Therefore, instead of flowers we are requesting you send donations to the Felix Armfield ASALH-NCCU Fund that will support NCCU students' continuous participation in the ASALH. You may send your donations to : The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2225 Georgia Avenue, Suite 331, Washington, DC 20059.

The services for Dr. Felix Armfield will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The viewing/wake will be held at noon and the funeral will follow at 1p.m. EST at Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 755 Porter Road, Greenville, NC 27834 where Bishop James E. Tripp, Jr. presides. The burial will be at Burial Dancy Memorial Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his grandmother, Ms. Christine Armfield, 563 Lake Road, #104, Greenville, NC 27834.

Posted: 05/07/14

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Local Arrangements Committee for the 99th Annual Convention Meeting

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month

  • July 17, 2014
  • August 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Location: LeMoyne-Owen College
Brownlee Hall, Room 31
807 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126

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Executive Council Meetings

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Peabody Hotel
9:00 a.m.

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.

2014 Underground Railroad (UGRR) Conference
July 16 - 20, 2014

Doubletree Downtown-Fort Shelby
525 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48226
Rate: $100/night + taxes | Use Rate Code: NUR
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2014 Annual Convention
September 24 - 28, 2014

The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
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Call for Papers

2015 Centennial Convention
September 21 - 27, 2015

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Book your hotel room for the 2015 Convention in Atlanta

2016 Annual Conference

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