History Conference Highlights the Future of Our Legacy

Shown is ASALH legacy builder and educator Johnetta Cole speaking at the 'Banned Book Read Out'; held in James Weldon Johnson Park

Historian, educators and lovers of history came by planes, trains and automobiles for the The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 108th conference.

Theme: “Black Resistance.” Thousands of  ASALH members, associates, sponsors and supporters were in attendance for the conference that featured a rich program of scholarly sessions, workshops, historical tours, a film festival, an author’s book signing series, and many other events to illuminate the importance of the current struggle of resistance. Renowned speakers humbly spoke at the podium on America’s resistance of the African Diaspora placement in American history.

For more than 100 years, ASALH has fought to uphold the ideals of founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who worked his entire career, sacrificing to make the case for the contributions of African Americans to America.

The conference offered innovative programming on the topic of Florida itself including a panel session on Freedom Schools as well as a session on “The Life of James Weldon Johnson & John Rosamond Johnson,” history of the Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and Park for a Banned Book “Readout” where attendees convened in James Weldon Johnson Park to distribute and trade books.

ASALH President W. Marvin Dulaney remarked, “Florida is ground zero to roll back the gains of the 1960s as a model for other states to follow. Radical changes and extremism are happening more and more each day.”  To join ASALH and for more info visit www.asalh.org/conference.

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