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2017 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award

Deadline June, 30, 2017
The Association of Black Women Historians’ 2016 Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award recognizes an emerging woman scholar of African descent and fosters scholarly research in Africana Women’s history. Each year an award will be given for the best, unpublished original essay from a graduate course or a chapter from a thesis or dissertation for the 2017 award year (June 1, 2016 to May 30, 2017). The submission must be wholly focused on some aspect of the history on black women from the U.S. and/or Africana Diaspora. It must demonstrate analysis of primary sources, focus on the ideas or actions initiated among black women, and make a significant contribution to Africana women’s history. The Black Classic Press of Baltimore inaugurated the award two decades ago, and it has been continued through the contributions of ABWH members.


  • Black woman graduate student currently pursuing a master of arts or doctorate degree in history or a related field
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA; applicant must submit a transcript
  • History writing sample that demonstrates analysis and use of primary sources
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and academic advisors on letterhead (Note that one of the letters must come from an ABWH member in good standing. The letters may be submitted directly to Award committee.)
  • Curriculum Vita

The deadline for receipt of all application materials (including letters of recommendation) is June 30, 2017. Please send application materials to

The 2017 award will be presented at the 2017 ABWH Annual Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati on September 30th during the 102nd ASALH Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Essence of Black History: A Q & A with ASALH National President Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Read this interview of ASALH President Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham by National Parks Foundation President Will Shafroth.


Women’s History Month Book Talks (Los Angeles, CA)

Sarah Haley
“Gender, Punishment, and Jim Crow Modernity”
Thursday March 30, 2017
2:00 -4:00 p.m.
USC 3620 S. Vermont Avenue
Kaprielian Hall KAP 445.

Dr.Sarah Haley is assistant professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in African American Studies and American Studies and has worked as a paralegal for the New York Federal Public Defender office and as a labor organizer. Her research focuses on black feminist analyses of the U.S. carceral state from the late nineteenth century to the present, black women and labor, and black radical traditions and organizing. Her first book,No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity, examines the lives of imprisoned women in the U.S. South from the 1870s to the 1930s and the role of carcerality in shaping cultural logics of race and gender under Jim Crow. It was the winner of 2016 ABWH Brown Prize for the best book in Black Women’s History. She is working on a book that examines the relationship between domesticity, state violence, and the development of the contemporary carceral state. An ASE Commons Event Cosponsored by USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity and the African Diaspora Research Cluster Francille

New Fellowships for Research in African American Collections

Travel grants for research in the Black Print Culture, Black Panther Party, Camille Billops and James V. Hatch, LGBT, and Alice Walker collections at Emory University are now available in addition to regular fellowship opportunities. These awards come in amounts of $500-1,000, and applications are being accepted through February 15th for this year’s cohort.

View additional information.

Freedom’s Children Student Journalists Competition

The March on Washington Film Festival is excited to announce its first ever Freedom’s Children Student Journalists Competition. The March on Washington Film Festival, a production of The Raben Group, strives to increase awareness of the untold events and unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire a renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, scholarship, and the performing arts to share these important stories.

Winners of this competition will have the opportunity to serve as student reporters for the myriad of events taking place throughout the 5th annual March on Washington Film Festival, which begins July 14 and runs through July 22 in Washington, D.C.

Three winners will be chosen and the winning students will:
– Take home a cash prize for their participation;
– Attend a Master Class on reporting;
– Receive mentorship from a professional journalist; and
– Have their work published in our partnering print and/or online publications, in addition to being featured on the festival website.

In order to apply, students must submit a completed application, resume, writing samples, and an essay response. All applicants must be enrolled in a college or university. Each contest winner will be responsible for procuring their own housing in the Washington D.C. area from July 10-22. All submitted work must be original and must have only one author. No double bylines. Contest winners are required to promote their finished products on social media.

Visit the website for more information about the competition, including additional application requirements and instructions or email with any questions.

12th Annual Conference, Fannie Lou Hamer Centennial Celebration (Jackson, MS)

The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc. is celebrating over a decade of service and leadership in the ongoing pursuit of human rights. We invite you to join us during our 12th Anniversary Conference, March 29-April 2, 2017, on the campus of Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS. Calling all Freedom Fighters who who worked with or knew Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer to join us as we celebrate the Centennial Celebration of our “shero.”

The 4-day conference kicks off  Wednesday, March 30 with the Jimmie Travis Civil Rights Legacy Symposium Series. The conference continues through Sunday as movement veterans, scholars, historians, community organizers, educators, and students convene for strategy sessions on modern-day issues.  In addition, we will host our 2nd Student Research and Creative Arts Entries Competition on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Our sessions will allow for an exchange of ideas as participants develop creative solutions alongside civil rights veterans. We ask that you join us March 30-April 3, 2016 on the historic campus of Tougaloo College.

Complete information can be found on the website including registration, schedule, hotel, sponsorship, souvenir book information and student competition application.

March 8-12, 2017  (Houston, TX)

National Council for Black Studies 41st National Conference

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) will host its 41st National Conference from March 8-12, 2017 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. For more information go to

National Fort Pillow Wreath Laying Ceremony (Memphis, TN)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m (CDT)

Memphis National Cemetery
3568 Townes Ave.
Memphis, TN 38122

The Fort Pillow Massacre National Wreath Laying Ceremony focus will be on the African American Soldiers and civilians that were killed, wounded, missing in action and taken prisoners on April 12, 2017. There are 109 unknown African American graves representing the over 200 soldiers that were killed during the massacre.

April 21, 22,  & 23, 2017 (Washington, DC)
Carter G Woodson National Historic Site

Schedule a special tour of the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site during National Park Week. In celebration of National Park Week, tours will be available on the weekend of April 21-23. Space is limited. Please call (202) 690-5152 to make a reservation. Tour size limited to 20 people.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
1538 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

View the flyer.

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