102nd Annual Meeting & Conference
September 27 – October 1, 2017
Call for Papers Submission Site
The Crisis in Black Education
Hilton Cincinnati • Netherland Plaza Hotel
Deadlines for submission of proposals are as follows:
Early Bird submission deadline for individual papers and organized panels is April 15th. After this date, all individual and panel submissions will be accepted until the deadline of April 30th.
All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system. Use this link to submit a proposal.
For complete panels submitted by April 15th, day and time preferences will be given on the basis of first come, first served.
Audio\Visual: Only panel proposal submitters will receive complimentary audio/visual equipment on a first-come, first-served basis.
All participants must be members by April 2nd and registered by July 3rd. There are no refunds for membership dues and none for registration fees after August 3rd, 2017.
The Call for Papers
The 2017 conference theme highlights the centrality and crucial role education plays in African American life and history. 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.” Woodson understood well the implications of denying a people access to knowledge, and he called attention to the imposed racial barriers to equal education. The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. In pre-Civil War northern cities, free black children walked long distances past white schools on their way to the one school relegated solely for them. Whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America from the late nineteenth century well into our present.
Throughout the last quarter of the twentieth and beginning twenty-first century, the crisis in black education has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. Tragically, some poorly performing schools now serve as pipelines to prison for youths.
Yet, African American history is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to this crisis: the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn; the rise of black colleges and universities after the Civil War; unrelenting battles in the courts; the black history movement; the freedom schools of the 1960s; and local community-based academic and mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement. Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, or future and ASALH paves the way for new insights for this pressing moment.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be posted for submission requirements for the various kinds of sessions.
The Annual Meeting and Conference Program Co-Chairs
Download the 2017 Call for Papers document.