The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has selected Black Migrations as the theme for Black History Month 2019. Black Migrations pays homage to the historical movement called the Great Migration when 6 million African Americans migrated from the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West between 1915 and 1970 in search of a better life and opportunity. The focus is also on immigrants from the Caribbean to American cities as well as to migrant labor farms and the emigration of noted African Americans to Africa and to European cities, such as Paris and London, after the end of World War I and World War II. To learn more about this period in Black History, read The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story Of America's Great Migration by Pulitzer Prize winner author Isabel Wilkerson.
ASALH was founded in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, often referred to as the "father of Black history." A historian, author, and educator, Woodson organized the first African American History Celebration in 1926. Please join the Center for Health Equity at our various programs/events as we celebrate the contributions and influence of African Americans in all aspects of world culture.