The Association for the Study of African American Life and History always takes special pride at the opening of the month of February.

What began as Negro History Week in 1926 during February is now recognized as Black History Month all over the United States—in newspapers and television, in churches and businesses, and in school classes and the highest levels of government.

We recognize, as certainly did ASALH-founder Carter G. Woodson, that learning about the African American past and present contribution to this nation and the world demands far more than a week or month-long observance. Woodson praised schools and boards of education that incorporated Black History into American History, thus transforming the week into what he termed “Negro History Year.”

This year-after-year commitment is represented by the lives of persons who struggled from the time of America’s founding to this very day to make true the words “freedom and justice for all.”

Today, the Black History Month 2016 Proclamation of President Barack Obama honors this fundamental truth. It captures with sincerity and passion a belief in equality of rights and justice, as well as a challenge to all to recommit to the principle of human dignity. The proclamation also calls attention to the places where African Americans strove to make this nation better—through the Underground Railroad, on buses in Alabama, on the roads and streets where civil rights activists marched, and in the Obama White House. These are and will forever be sites of African American memories.

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham,
ASALH National President

The 2016 Presidential Proclamation for African American History Month

Click below for a PDF version of the Executive Summary.

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    1. We do keep some copies of annual posters and sell all but those needed for our permanent records. Contact the headquarters 202-238-5910 and ask to speak to Ms. May.

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    2. I wish we had them all! The posters did not become an annual feature until 1948 and then they were 8×11, lol. The first, however, one is from 1936 and it is very rare.

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  1. This organization has uplifted my spirit today to a new point to learn more about African to black toward American roots then back to black. Really hard to explain but reading and learning is first action is first prime most importantly television is out it’s so pointless


  2. I enjoyed the information on the website, however, I would like know if there is historical reference to Dr. Woodson calling his colleagues “boys”. If not, I think there is a more dignified way to identify these adult , educated, Black men.


    1. Good Evening,
      I hope that you were able to find the information on membership to ASALH. If you go to the home page of our website http://www.asalh.org, go to the left side of the page and click JOIN. We are delighted in your interest and look forward to your becoming a member. Byron Dunn can provide more information. Please give him a call at 202.238.5910. Thank you. ASALH


  3. Dear Sir or Madam,
    Just saw the PBS program on the amazing Val Phillips of Milwaukee (who is still not on Google!) I am writing an autobiographical book on my life in the 1960s as a Hispanic, white and Native American–something usually not reported before. I strongly feel that I need to include a timeline of the actions against Africa Americans and the Civil Rights actions during that decade in order to provide a real reflection of those times and other unknown heroes and heroines. I have been unable to find such a timeline on any sites–not the NAACP, not any site. If this does not exist, my suggestion is that it might be a good project for a college class and such a timeline would be used forever and would deserve its own site. Please PM me if you even know of any partial timelines or if this intrigues you.

    Thank you for your consideration, Felicia N. Trujillo


    1. We do not have this information, but when you have enough research to write a paper please consider presenting it at an ASALH conference.


  4. Do you have separate membership for Women Veterans, Disabled Women Veterans & Active Duty Women Soldiers?
    If so please contact Department of Veterans Affairs


    1. This is the first request that was have received for a membership for veterans. We do not currently have one, but we I will present this to the Membership Committee. Who at the DVA should we contact?


    1. The dates and basic information are now on the website. If you click the conference photo that is on the home page you will get additional information. Is there anything in particular that you are looking for? The dates are October 5-9, 2016 at the Richmond Marriott. Sleeping rooms are available now.


  5. please forward me 2015 branch forms, I had to purchase a new computer and that information was on that computer,



  6. I wish to share that Dr. Barbara Anne Wheeler Ph.D. transitioned on Monday April 25, 2016 at her residence in Union, NJ 07083.
    Formerly Director of Africana Studies at Kean University; Deputy Director of Black Studies Dept., City College of NY.
    Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ 07103
    Friday, April 29. Reflective Viewing. 6p – 8p
    Saturday, April 30. Viewing 9a – 11a
    CELEBRATION of LIFE 11a – 1p
    Interment: Hollywood Memorial Park, 1500 Stuyvesant Ave, Union, NJ 2p.
    Thank you. She was a staunch member in her youth.
    Roni Wheeler, daughter. 917-974-1397


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