As we come to the end of year we reflect on the relevance of the 2016 theme, Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past. These sites prompt us to remember and over time became hallowed grounds.
We continue to partner with the National Park Service to increase the profile of the national treasures, including the Carter G. Woodson Home Site that highlight our history and culture.
ASALH has selected, The Crisis in Black Education as the 2017 Black History Theme. The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.”