Pictured at the luncheon in D.C. is George Gillis, Vice President, Anita Shepherd, President, Sylvia Cyrus, Executive Director, Dr. Sonia Sanchez, Dr. Hardy, unknown and Hazel Gillis.

Members of Jacksonville’s James Weldon Johnson ASALH Branch traveled to Washington, DC to attend the organization’s National Black History luncheon. ASALH was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The event was the first of several planned events to celebrate its 100 years of existence. The Centennial Keynote speaker was national president Dr. Daryl Michael Scott. Dr. Scott reminded the audience of the importance of organizations like ASALH in ensuring the preservation of our history in recognizing many educational institutions are eliminating history departments. Another highlight was Poet Sonya Sanchez reading a poem she wrote in honor of Dr. Woodson. Many ASALAH members from around the country participated in this significant occasion.

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