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ASALH 2022 Theme: Black Health & Wellness


Welcome to the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH Located in Pittsburgh PA

Proud Recipient of ASALH 2022 Branch of the Year Award

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Recent Branch Event – November 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST

ASALH Meeting & Conference 2022: Embedded in the History of Montgomery
Alabama

Description
The personal recap of the ASALH Meeting and Conference 2022 hosted in historic Montgomery Alabama is presented through the lens of two branch members.

Eli M. Kirshner, Branch Member
Eli operates the genealogical and historical research business, ExploreStory, which specializes in African-American family history, Jewish family history, and historical trauma/reparations. 

Anita Russell, VP Media Relations of Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH
Anita is the Founder/CEO of The Place to SOAR LLC, a social enterprise dedicated to personal transformation, activism through coaching, and antiracism activation.


It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Pittsburgh Branch of ASALH, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson.

Here you can join the ranks of thousands of other members and experience the richness of the ASALH organization, activities and events, and how we labor in the service of Black people and all humanity.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the organization, our ongoing work, or membership.

Ronald B. Saunders, Branch President

Our mission is to promote, interpret, disseminate, research information about Black life, history and culture — every aspect — to the global community.

“This is not just for Black people. This is for everybody.”

—Ronald B. Saunders, Branch President

The ASALH Pittsburgh Branch carries the legendary name of Dr. Edna B. Mckenzie.

From the Desk of the President


Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History.

ASALH’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public. We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity


Alexis
Clipper

Secretary


Alonna
Carter

Historian


Anita
Russell

VP Media Relations


Rev. B. De Neice Welch, PhD

Chaplain


Betty
Pickett

VP Youth Outreach


Judith
Saunders

Treasurer


Latara
Jones

VP Programming


Madelyn Turner-Dickerson

VP Membership & Donations


Tamara
Saunders

Administration


DR. EDNA B. MCKENZIE
Dec 29, 1923 – June 26, 2005

 © Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive

Image © Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive

PIONEERING JOURNALIST AND HISTORIAN: IN THE COMPANY OF GREATNESS.
Dr. McKenzie was known for never having a harsh word against anyone, but what she wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier powered the collapse of discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. Dr. McKenzie was an accomplished pianist and the first Black woman to earn a doctorate in history at the University Pittsburgh

Dr. McKenzie began her career at the Courier as a society reporter in the 1940s, quickly jumping to the news desk and covering lynchings and other hard news alongside the men. When she went on the road for her series on discrimination, Charles “Teenie” Harris, the Courier’s legendary photographer often accompanied her to document what happened.

Armed with her pet phrase “tell the truth,” Dr. McKenzie was meticulous in documenting Black history. She believed history could be used to empower, inform, and teach, and that Black people should never be ashamed of their history.

ASALH National Event Celebrated Locally


Dr. Edna B. McKenzie
Pittsburgh Branch of ASALH

PO Box 17476
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
USA