Last updated: January 2, 2024
African American Civil Rights Network
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, Alexander L. Jackson, William B. Hartgrove, George Cleveland Hall, and James E. Stamps as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Renamed in 1973, ASALH is both the oldest and the largest historical society in the United States for the promotion and study of African American life, history, and culture.
Today, the mission of ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. Its vision is to be the premier Black Heritage learned society in the U.S. with a strong network of national and international branches and partners whose diverse and inclusive membership support the Association's mission. Through its conferences, publications, exhibitions, founding of a national Negro History Week in 1926, and, since 1976, promotion of Black History Month, ASALH has carried forth its vision for over 100 years.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History is a member of the National Park Service's African American Civil Rights Network.
The African American Civil Rights Network recognizes the United States African American Civil Rights Movement and the sacrifices made by those who fought against discrimination and segregation. Created by the African American Civil Rights Act of 2017, and coordinated by the National Park Service, the Network tells the stories of the people, places, and events of the African American Civil Rights Movement through a collection of public and private resources to include properties, facilities, and programs.Through preservation, commemoration, interpretation, and education these resources offer a comprehensive overview of the people, places, and events associated with the African American Civil Rights Movement.