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Association for the Study of African American Life and History

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is a historical organization that seeks to center the lived realities of African-descended peoples within the American narrative. In doing so, it is one of the premier organizations for disseminating materials pertaining to all facets of Black life within the African diaspora.

Historical Background
Vision of Carter G. Woodson

ASALH’s creation began with the vision of Carter G. Woodson. Woodson received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1912. After completing his dissertation, Woodson became involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During this same time, D. W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation was released. Worried about the future direction of ...

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