ASALH was established at the Wabash Avenue YMCA in the heart of Chicago's Bronzeville community on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Today, ASALH stands and the Founders of Black History Month and carries forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History. We continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture." ASALH's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity.
The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life
History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate
information about Black life, history and culture to the
The vision of the Association for the Study of African American Life
and History is to be
the premier Black Heritage learned society with a
strong network of national and
international branches and partners
whose diverse and inclusive membership will continue
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is
headquartered in Washington, D.C., temporarily on the
campus of Howard University.
The Association operates as local,
state, and international branches promoting greater
African American history through a program of education, research,
Sets the theme for Black History Month
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