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Dr. Daryl Scott: Know Thy History, Know Thyself

"When I was an undergraduate in the early 1980s, my university did not have black history courses. I was teaching myself by reading the Journal of Negro History, published by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month."

Click here to read the latest guest column from the President of ASALH, Dr. Daryl Scott. (Note: Login or subscription to The Commercial Appeal required).

Posted: 07/30/14

Appointment to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission

Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune's last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.

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Posted: 07/30/14

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Inc. Newsletter

Quaterly newsletter from the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project for May - July 2014 is now available. The quarter has been a busy and productive one, as the Project continued its work to hold remembrance ceremonies and install historic markers to honor the ancestors at Middle Passage arrival ports.

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Posted: 07/29/14


The nation's premier Black History annual convention will be hosted by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month. This year’s theme is "Civil Rights in America". More than 1,000 educators, federal, state and local government officials, corporate, civic and community leaders, historians and students will come from across the nation and the world to present research and current projects, and to learn about leading projects in the field of African American History.   

More than 175 sessions featuring prominent figures in Black cultural studies will be convened and special tours will be conducted of various historic sites throughout the city of Memphis.

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Posted: 07/28/14

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.

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

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Local Arrangements Committee for the 99th Annual Convention Meeting

Date: 3rd Thursday of each month

  • 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 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