The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was the vision of the historian, author, and publisher Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Among his many accomplishments, Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week in 1926. Fifty years later, the week was expanded to include the entire month of February, known as Black History Month. Today, ASALH members work year-round to share, discuss, and preserve the Black experience among people of all ethnic and social backgrounds.
In 2016, a group of dedicated central Floridians came together to establish a branch of ASALH to honor the life and legacy of Dorothy Turner Johnson. Originally from Dublin, Georgia, Turner Johnson made history as part of the "Six Triple Eight," the only all-African American Women's Army Corps battalion to serve overseas in World War II. Turner Johnson's task was to help deliver millions of letters to troops. She lived to be 100 years old, leaving her mark as a trailblazing historian, librarian, and longtime resident of Celebration, Florida.
We are a growing community-centered organization focused on preserving, promoting, and sharing the history of African American life and culture. Learn about ways to bring your gifts to the branch by attending a monthly meeting. If you'd like to become a member of ASALH, here are ways to join. Individual dues to join the local branch are $30.