2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition: Awards in American Studies

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. Opportunities are found in the newly redesigned Catalog of Awards. There are many awards in American Studies including:

  • Hong Kong: Study of the United States
  • Hungary: Laszlo Orszagh Chair in American Studies
  • Jordan: Study of the United States
  • India: Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (All Disciplines)
  • Mexico: U.S. Studies
  • Senegal: All Disciplines

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017. Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 at 2:00 pm EDT for a webinar discussing Fulbright Opportunities in American Studies. Thank you for your support of the Fulbright Scholar Program, and for referring your colleagues to learn more. Please feel free to email with any questions and you will be directed to the relevant member of staff. We look forward to working with prospective applicants and continuing communication with your group.

Alicia Moore, Co-Editor of BHB, Featured in the Berkeley Review of Education

Alicia Moore, Co-Editor of BHB was featured in a recent edition of the Berkeley Review of Education. Ten Tips for Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics  by Alicia L. Moore and Molly Deshaeis “provides a foundation of confidence for the teacher and can be used in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary settings.”

Alicia is a networked leader who collaborates with colleagues to broaden participation and concurrently organizes resistance and advocates for systemic improvement for justice through knowledge.

U.S. Secretary of Interior Formally Establishes Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell formally established Harriet Tubman National Historical Park via a ceremony held January 10th. The new National Park in  Auburn, NY commemorates the work of the fearless Underground Railroad conductor during her later years in life. The park is located at the site where Tubman lived and worshiped, caring for family members and other formerly enslaved people seeking safe haven in the North.

Read the press release from the Department of Interior and the news story in the USA Today.

2017 Underground Railroad Conference: Call for Proposals

The Underground Railroad Conference (UGRR) conference for 2017 is being planned for May 18-21 in Cambridge, Maryland, in honor of the opening next year of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

The new visitor center is located at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and jointly operated by the Maryland and National Park Service.

In recognition of the significance of Maryland as a border state, the theme of the conference will be “On the Edge of Freedom:  Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands”.

For a  full discussion of the theme, please visit the event website.

The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2017.  Proposals should be submitted online.  Accepted presenters can expect to receive notification by February 15, 2017.

Passing of Dr. Harriet Jenkins – ASALH Ray of Light

event photoIt is with great sadness that we share the recent passing of Dr. Harriet Jenkins (center of photo), an ASALH Ray of Light. She attended both the Centennial Founders’ Day Celebration in 2015 and the 2016 Founders’ Day Celebrations. She was extremely overwhelmed with the honor ASALH bestowed on her as a Centennial Ray of Light.

A very humble woman, Dr. Jenkins worked as Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity at NASA for over twenty years.  She recruited the first African American astronauts.  Dr. Jenkins mentoring legacy at NASA epitomizes Dr. Woodson’s legacy of mentoring and gained her the honor of one of ASALH’s Rays of Light.

As shared by the NASA Administrator, “Dr. Jenkins’ many professional accomplishments and the tremendous contributions she made in furthering civil rights efforts at NASA and throughout the country will never be forgotten.  I owe her a great debt of gratitude, as she helped recruit the agency’s first African American astronauts in the late 1970s, which enabled me to have the life-changing experience of traveling to space in furtherance of our nation’s journey of discovery. Among many awards,

Dr. Jenkins was recognized with NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the President’s Meritorious Executive Award, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, and the President’s Distinguished Executive Award. She chaired the Agency’s Task Force on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, one of nine task forces of the Personnel Management Project, which led to the landmark Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. For this work, she received the Civil Service Commissioners’ Award for Distinguished Service. NASA honored Dr. Jenkins by naming a graduate fellowship program after her – the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship. Alumni of the Jenkins fellowship have gone on to successful careers as scientists and engineers at NASA and with our academic and industry partners.

As we celebrate Katherine Johnson and the Hidden Figures of the past who helped integrate our agency and advance NASA’s goals even in a segregated society, I also want us all to celebrate the life of this iconic figure here at NASA without whom we may have had no Modern Figures — the women of color advancing all aspects of our work today. Much of our progress would not have been possible without Dr. Jenkins’ dedicated work helping to ensure that all who wish to participate in science and space exploration have the opportunity to do so and to succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Godspeed, Harriett Jenkins. “

Baltimore Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show

The Baltimore Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show will be Saturday February 11, 2017 at the Reginald F.Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, in Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

The museum is located in the downtown Baltimore Inner Harbor. The show hours are 10am until 5pm. The objectives of this show are to educate the public on African American history and culture and to provide an opportunity for one to purchase black memorabilia and collectibles.

At the show there will be many vendors with black memorabilia for sale, educational exhibits, verbal appraisal of black memorabilia for $5 per item, and autograph sessions with Negro League Baseball Players and Tuskegee Airmen for a nominal fee. Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, will be at the show signing her books.

Black memorabilia and collectibles for sale include slavery artifacts, books, autographs, stamps, fine art, paintings, prints, dolls, post cards, movie memorabilia, posters, advertisements, kitchen collectibles, coins, magazines, toys, ,jewelry and civil rights, political, entertainment and sports memorabilia.

Educational exhibits include Slavery Artifacts & Jim Crow memorabilia, Negro League Baseball, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Dorothy Dandridge and others. Museum admission is general admission $8, seniors and students $6, and museum members and Maryland public school teachers free.

For additional information call (301) 649-1915, email Ljohnsonshows@aol.com or view www.johnsonshows.com or www.lewismuseum.org.

Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal: A Lost Manuscript (paperback)

In 1921, a dozen years before he wrote his provocative classic, The Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter G. Woodson, yet to be known as the father of Black History, authored another work of social criticism.

A stinging critique of white racism and a sterling defense of the Black race, the manuscript was undoubtedly too caustic for white society in 1921.

Lost for over eighty years, the manuscript has been found! And it is now available in a limited leather-bound edition by the association founded by Woodson, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Click the link below to purchase
Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal: A Lost Manuscript