97th Annual ASALH Convention Set for Pittsburgh PA

Sept. 26-30 Featuring World-Renown Poet Sonia Sanchez, Civil Rights Champion Dr. Mary Frances Berry and Sweet Honey in the Rock Founder Bernice Johnson Reagon

PITTSBURGH(August 13, 2012)-The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), well-known for being the founders of Black History Month, will hold its annual convention in Pittsburgh on September 26-30, 2012. The annual convention, now in its 97th year, brings together more than 900 leading scholars, historians and supporters of the study of African American life and history. This year's theme, "Black Women in American Culture and History," honors African American women and their impact on the African American community and the nation.

The 2012 convention will feature a variety of events and sessions, including events that are free and open to the general public. Over 175 sessions on black history will be offered throughout the entire convention. An author's book signing, including 50 authors, will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2012, starting at 6 p.m. Plenary sessions include We need Your Hurricane Voices: A Discussion with Sonia Sanchez and Bernice Johnson Reagon on Thursday at 4 p.m., Mightier than the Sword: Conversations on the Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett on Friday at 5 p.m., and Changing the Odds for Others: The Legacy of Derrick Bell on Saturday at 4 p.m. There are several other opportunities to be a part of this great convention, including a poetry slam (an open mic evening for anyone interested), a youth day, several banquets and luncheons, black history tours of Pittsburgh, and a teacher's workshop. A complete schedule of events is provided at http://asalh.org/Conference_Schedule.html.

Participation in ASALH's convention is open to non-ASALH members and many activities are not limited to conference registrants. Attend any of the free public events and sessions, sign up as a convention volunteer or have your own exhibit area. If you are interested in exhibiting at the convention, space is still available. Prices, exhibitor registration and advertising information can be found athttp://asalh.org/exhibitorsconventionpage.html. For more information on volunteer opportunities, go to: http://asalh.org/Conference_Volunteers.html.

The convention kicks off on Wednesday night, September 26 with a reception and tour at the Heinz History Center in the historic Strip District at 6:45 p.m. Be sure to plan your attendance in advance, as group rates for the Westin Convention Center Hotel will be available until September 4, 2012.

Photo Caption: Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, vice president for programs for ASALH and professor of history at Howard University was the keynote speaker for the Woodson Luncheon. He discussed "The Forgotten Moses Generation: African Americans and the Civil War."


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