Mission Statement Promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community

Carter G Woodson
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.
Carter G. Woodson, PhD

The Vision Be the premier Black heritage and learned society with a diverse and inclusive membership supported by a strong network of national and international branches to continue the Woodson legacy.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, ASALH operates as local, state, and international branches promoting greater knowledge of African American history through a program of education, research, and publishing.


  • Supports the study of African American history in homes, schools, colleges, churches, organizations, businesses, and government;
  • Provides a speakers’ bureau in support of Black History programs throughout the year;
  • Sets the annual theme for National African American History Month;
  • Sponsors specialized professional development curriculum workshops, institutes, and seminars;
  • Co-sponsors with the National History Day organization awards to high school students for winning projects, papers, or performances relating to African American History;
  • Sponsors an annual convention, a national venture of study, discussion and projection;
  • Supports diversity through dialogue and public education;
  • Sponsors undergraduate essay contests at the annual ASALH convention;
  • Sponsors the Carter G. Woodson History Site Fund

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