Tribute to Mr. Charles S. Wiggins

Mourning the Loss While Celebrating the Life On September 8, 2020 MR CHARLES STERLING WIGGINS celebrated his 103rd birthday with family and friends. At that time Mr. Wiggins was the oldest living member of ASALH. Just shy of entering his 104th year, on Saturday August 28, 2021, Mr. Wiggins entered his resting place instead. ThoughContinue reading “Tribute to Mr. Charles S. Wiggins”

Her Name Says It All

Zaila Avant-garde zaila: an avant-garde spelling bee champion(I am always amazed at how children’s names often seem to fit them to a tee.) A wonder teen from New Orleans, became the champion of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winning word: murraya, “a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees (family Rutaceae) having pinnateContinue reading “Her Name Says It All”

Keeping His Torch Forever Burning: ASALH Presidents 1916-1951

Edna B. McKenzie ASALH Branch: 2021 Founders Day Program September 11 | 1 PM ET | Zoom Ida E. Jones, PhDUniversity Archivist at Morgan State University Dr. Ida E. Jones is a native New Englander. She graduated with a B.A. in News Editorial Journalism, M.A. in Public History, and a PhD in American History from HowardContinue reading “Keeping His Torch Forever Burning: ASALH Presidents 1916-1951”

Unfinished Business: From The Great Migration to Black Lives Matter

August 14 | 11 AM – 1 PM ET | Zoom VIRTUAL EVENT FEATURINGStephanie Clintonia Boddie, PhD, MSW, Baylor University A scholar, oral historian, film-maker, and a classically-trained soprano, who blends traditional research and oral histories with film, music and conversation to create a new body of work: Unfinished Business: From the Great Migration toContinue reading “Unfinished Business: From The Great Migration to Black Lives Matter”

ASALH: 106th Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference

106TH ANNUAL MEETING AND VIRTUAL CONFERENCECo-hosted by the ASALH Florida BranchesSeptemer 2021 In these extraordinary times, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History recognizes that we need each other now more than ever. With the limitations of the worldwide pandemic in mind, we have decided to move our 106th Conference toContinue reading “ASALH: 106th Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference”

Nikole Hannah-Jones Joins Howard University

July 6, 2021: In a surprise move, Nikole Hannah-Jones declines UNC’s tenure offer for position at Howard University. “Award-winning journalist @nhannahjones reveals on @CBSThisMorning she has declined the University of North Carolina’s offer for tenure and will be the inaugural Knight Chair in Race and Reporting at @HowardU.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/nikole-hannah-jones-declines-unc-s-tenure-offer-position-howard-n1273116 “Every other chair before me, whoContinue reading “Nikole Hannah-Jones Joins Howard University”

We Must Demand Prosecutorial Reform After Chauvin Sentencing

Thank you for your continued support. I am proud to share my Bloomberg Law article, “We Must Demand Prosecutorial Reform After Chauvin Sentencing.” I wrote this piece after the flaws in America’s criminal justice system were highlighted following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. We Must DemandContinue reading “We Must Demand Prosecutorial Reform After Chauvin Sentencing”

Nikole Hannah-Jones Granted Tenure

UNC board grants tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones amid outcry from Black faculty and students. https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/30/us/unc-tenure-vote-nikole-hannah-jones/index.html The Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch was on the right side of history in advocating and supporting Dr. Nikole Hannah Jones in her battle for tenure. It appears that the Black community did not stand up and protest when theContinue reading “Nikole Hannah-Jones Granted Tenure”

The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT — OPEN TO PUBLIC ON ASALH TV The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling includes workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and a certificate program Join us for our project launch on June 26th with insightful presentations by Tracey Artis from Black Family Reunion and Therese Nelson of Black Culinary History. Through this launchContinue reading “The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling”

Juneteenth 1865

Free-ish:Thirteenth Amendment Exception Clause. Ava DuVernay’s thought-provoking documentary film “13th” explores the history of racial inequality in the United States focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons disproportionately house a high percentage of African Americans. Letter from the Ronald Saunders, President of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH On June 14, IContinue reading “Juneteenth 1865”