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Past, Present, and Future
National Black History Themes
When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of
providing a theme to focus the attention of the public.  The intention has never been to dictate or
limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public's attention important
developments that merit emphasis.  

For those interested in the study of identity and ideology, an exploration of ASALH's Black History
themes is itself instructive.  Over the years, the themes reflect changes in how people of African
descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial
ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community.

The changes notwithstanding, the list reveals an overarching continuity in ASALH--our dedication
to exploring historical issues of importance to people of African descent and race relations in

--Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University
1926        The Negro in History
1927        Negro Accomplishments
       American Negro History from the Time of Importation
             from Africa up to the Present Day
1938        Special Achievements of the Race: Oratory, Drama,
             Music, Painting, Sculpture,  Science and Inventions
1939        Special Achievements of the Race: Religion, Education,
             Business, Architecture, Engineering, Innovation, and
1940        Negro Labor
1941        The Career of Frederick Douglass
1942        The Negro in Democracy
1943        The Negro in the Modern World
1944        The Negro and the New Order
1945        The Negro and Reconversion
       Democracy Possible only Through Brotherhood
1948        The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
-       Outstanding Moments in Negro History
1951        Eminent Negroes in World Affairs
1952        Great Negro Teachers
1953        Negro History and Human Relations
1954        Negro History: A Foundation for Integration
1955        Negro History: A Contribution to America's Intercultural
1956        Negro History in an Era of Changing Human Relations
1957        Negro History
       Negro History: A Foundation for a Proud America
-       Freedom and Democracy for the Negro after 100 years
1962        Negro History and a New Birth of Freedom
1963        Negro History Evaluates Emancipation (1863-1963)
1964        Negro History: A Basis for the New Freedom
1965        Negro History: Freedom's Foundation
1966        Freedom from Racial Myths and Stereotypes Through
             Negro History
1967        Negro History in the Home, School, and the Community
1968        Negro History and the Fourteenth Amendment
1969        Creating a New Image of Afro America through History
1970        15th Amendment and Black America in the Century
1971        African Civilization and Culture: A Worthy Historical
1972        African Art, Music, Literature: A Valuable Cultural
1973        Biography Illuminates the Black Experience
1974        Helping America Understand
1975        Fulfilling America's Promise: Black History Month
1976        America for All Americans
1977        Heritage Days: The Black Perspective; the Third Century
1978        Roots, Achievements and Projections
1979        History: Torch for the future
1980        Heritage for America
1981        Black History: Role Model for Youth
1982        Afro American Survival
1983        Afro Americans in the United States
1984        Afro Americans and Education
1985        Afro American Family
1986        Afro American Experience: International Connection
1987        Afro Americans and the Constitution from Colonial
             Times to the Present
1988        Constitutional Status of Afro Americans in the 21st
1989        Afro Americans and Religion
1990        Carter G. Woodson
1991        Educating America: Black Universities and Colleges,
             Strengths and Crisis
1992        African Roots Experience New Worlds, Pre-Columbus to
             Space Exploration
1993        Afro-American Scholars: Leaders, Activists and Writers
1994        Empowering Black Americans
1995        Reflections on 1895: Douglass, Du Bois &  Washington
1996        Black Women
1997        African Americans and Civil Rights; a Reprisal
1998        Black Business
1999        The Legacy of African American Leadership for the
             Present and the Future
2000        Heritage and Horizons: The African American Legacy
             and the Challenges for the 21st Century
2001        Creating and Defining the African American Community:
             Family, Church Politics and Culture
2002        The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?
2003        The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections
2004        Before Brown, Beyond Boundaries: Commemorating the
             50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
2005        The Niagara Movement: Black Protest Reborn, 1905-2005
2006        Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal,
2007       From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas
2008     Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism
2009      The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas
Founders of Black History Month
*ASALH is researching the themes for this year. If you have any items that name