Carter G. Woodson & The Birth Of The (ASALH)


On this date in 1915 Carter Godwin Woodson, the "Father of Black History," founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History from a idea in a major meeting in Chicago, IL. The (ASALH) was formed on this date in Washington D.C., and happened partially in response to the release of D. W. Griffith's racist film, "The Birth of a Nation" that same year. The (ASALH) was dedicated to using education to fend off racist and erroneous ideas about African American life and history. It was through this organization that he began pressing for a Negro History Week, which eventually became Black History Month.