Friday, February 5, 2016

Feel Good Friday - Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

You probably know February is Black History Month but do you know who founded it? Well, happy Feel Good Friday, you're about to find out!

ASALH is the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Their mission, as explained on the website is "to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community."

They've been doing it since the organization was established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson. He's known as the "Father of Black History" because it was his idea to publicly recognize African American achievements back in 1926! What began as a weeklong celebration 90 years ago became a monthlong event in 1976.

In addition to setting the annual theme for Black History Month, creating a resource package and hosting an annual convention and luncheon, ALASH is active year round. They manage a professional speaker's bureau, promote local history projects and produce a variety of educational publications including the Journal of African American History and the Black History Bulletin, which is designed as a resource for teachers.

To stay in touch with ASALH all 12 months of the year, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @ASALH.

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