ASALH, Hallowed Ground, and Unpaid Labor Contribution
Unpaid Labor is looking forward to the ASALH Conference in Richmond, Virginia. ASALH stands for Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The organization will hold its 101st annual meeting and conference October 5-9, 2016.
Originally known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Carter G. Woodson founded ASALH. Widely recognized as the “Father” of Black history; some would argue that he is the father of real American history. Unpaid Labor agrees with that argument. This history supports the Unpaid Labor conclusion that without the contribution of the first 12 generations of Americans of African descent, there would be no United States. It would not be the most successful country in modern history without their contribution. This conclusion is based upon the work of professional historians. Unpaid Labor has organized the history to tell the story of contribution. When that’s done this conclusion becomes self-evident.
ASALH will bring more than 1,000 people together. This conference will people of all ages including academics, community builders, and business professionals. Some of America’s best historians will attend. We’re excited to join them. We’re excited because ASALH has been showing the contributions of African Americans for over 100 years.
This year’s conference theme is ‘Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Ph.D. will lead this year’s conference. A 2014 National Humanities Medalist, Dr. Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and African American Studies at Harvard University. So, she knows and teaches African American history and American history. She agrees with our conclusion and she has said so in writing. For this we are grateful. We are grateful to all of the historians whose study of history supports our work.
Unpaid Labor is about getting the history out to the masses. Getting the history out will create a new mindset for everyone because the history of contribution is that big. The contribution of the first 12 generations of Americans of African descent between 1607 and 1865 is that big. It’s the indispensable factor in the United States of America becoming the most successful nation in modern history.
ASALH’s 101st annual meeting and conference will be fantastic. ASALH is the world’s oldest learned society devoted to telling everyone about the culture and history of people of African descent. We have to be there! We’re looking forward to it.