Branch Spotlights

ASALH 2022 Branch of the Year Award

Congratulations to the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH!

The branch structure of ASALH reflects Carter G. Woodson’s belief that our mission, to create and disseminate knowledge about Black history, could not be realized solely by academics. He envisioned branches as a means of extending ASALH’s reach across the country and beyond. Branches collect primary materials about Black History to celebrate national and local African American achievers and local and national happenings. Invitations are extended to members and to the public to participate in theme-based events, programs and activities. Branches attend monthly membership meetings, support Annual Meeting and Conferences, and other National initiatives.

You Never Know: External Contribution Award May 2022

Ronald B. Saunders, President of the Dr. Edna B McKenzie Branch of ASALH: Recognition from Frostburg State University

Ronald B. Saunders, President of the Edna B McKenzie Branch of ASALH was recently awarded the Inaugural Class of Vice Presidents “You Never Know” at Frostburg State University. “It is a distinct honor and privilege to receive such prestigious recognition. On behalf of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH, we have welcomed Frostburg State University’s partnership and collaboration. I would be remiss not to acknowledge fellow members and executive officers of ASALH who have contributed to educational efforts on your campus as well.”

First Gwen Elliot Women’s Empowerment Award Recipient April 2022

Rev. B. De Neise Welch, PhD and Chaplain of the Dr. Edna B McKenzie Branch of ASALH

Congratulation to Rev. B. De Neise Welch, PhD and Chaplain of the Dr. Edna B McKenzie Branch of ASALH!

Out of 6 nominees Rev. Dr. Welch stood out. The committee voted unanimously to select her as our first awardee. She represents the mission and goals of our organization as well as embodies the essence of the woman in which our award is named.1st annual Gwen Elliott Empowerment Award. The recipient of this award was chosen based on the following criteria:

A woman who currently lives and/or works in the greater Pittsburgh area and has improved services or conditions for women within her profession, community, or public through service.
A woman, who has demonstrated a willingness to serve and assist other women in their personal and professional development and contributed to the successes of others as well as her own.
A woman leader, who has empowered other women to excel through education, career development, the arts, or entrepreneurship.
A woman, who has inspired other women through her acts of kindness and generosity.

The money raised from this annual event is used to provide at least 2 scholarship with a minimum of $500 to a female high school senior who is entering her freshman year in college or an adult woman returning to college or in a program to advance her career. This year we were able to give two $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors entering their freshman year of college.

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