Today in Black History: September 9, 1915 “Association for the Study of African American Life and History was Founded”

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.

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