The Association

Founded in 1915 by Dr. Woodson, the Father of Black History, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History for the – ASALH – is dedicated to upholding his values: to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History. In short, the Association is the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public.

The Centennial Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, September 23-27, 2015 was a testament to the dedication of ASALH leadership and the continuous world-wide interest and support.


The Atlanta Branch of ASALH

The Atlanta Branch was founded on October 4, 2014. After a challenging year of preparation and meeting ASALH requirements, the Branch charter was issued during the Centennial Conference in Atlanta on September 24, 2015. The Branch is governed by an elected ten- member Executive Committee.

The Branch strives to support the legacy of Dr. Woodson through association with ASALH by encouraging post-secondary institutions to engage in youth programs. Our mission is “Promoting the Study of Black History: Bridging the Gap Between University and Youth”. Join us today!

Atlanta Branch Leadership

Sean W. Jones

Vice Pres. of Programs
Sharron Paige

Historian & Sr. Advisor
Dr. Candy Tate

Financial Secretary
Dr. David Taylor

Recording Secretary
Bernita Waller

VP of Communications
Dr. Patricia Davis

VP of Membership
Dr. Kenja McCray

Dr. Trenton Bailey

Annual programs and events of the Atlanta Branch include:

  • Black History Month – February
  • AUC Black History Bowl – February
  • Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
  • ASALH Founder’s Day – September 9
  • Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Birthday – December 19
  • Kwanzaa Program
  • Veterans History Project – ongoing oral history program with the Atlanta History Center and the Library of Congress
  • Hallowed Grounds Historic Preservation – ongoing supports for historic community sites
  • Know Thy Self – ongoing youth development program with the Carter G. Woodson Grove Academy