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


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 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 Saunders, Branch President
Ronald Saunders, Branch President

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


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.

We continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world–that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, “The Kingdom of Culture.”

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


Louise
Walker

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

ASALH 2022 THEME | BLACK HEALTH & WELLLNESS

2021 THEME
2021 SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOPS