The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. By promoting the study, research and teaching of the history and culture of African Americans, the organization and its members were addressing civil rights by challenging the lies, myths and distorted history that supported racial discrimination, segregation, and violence against African Americans. Countering and challenging the racist and so-called “intellectual” foundation of white supremacy in the United States was an awesome task. But through its conferences, publications, exhibitions, and promotion of a national Negro History Week, starting in 1926, and Black History Month since 1976, ASALH has met the challenge for over 100 years.
Last updated: August 19, 2022