Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on September 9, 1915. ASALH was founded in Chicago, Illinois. Their mission is to “Promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community.” Carter G. Woodson is the father of Black History. ASALH created Negro Week in 1926, which eventually turned into Black History Month in 1976.Below are a list of activities ASALH contributes to making Black History Month successful.
Sets the annual theme for Black History Month. Establish Annual Black History Theme
Publish Annual Black History Theme Learning Resource Package
Sponsor annual Black History Kick-Off Events
Host Annual Convention and Black History Month Luncheon
Establish, nurture and grow ASALH Branches, including campus-based branches & youth guilds.
Manage professional Speaker’s Bureau
Establish national and local Partnerships
Host Essay Contest for undergraduate and graduate students
Promote oral, public and local history projects
Commemorate the birth of our founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson
To learn more about ASALH, click here to visit their official website.