The Association for Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference was held in North Charleston, October 2-6, 2019. The conference featured historians and scholars from all over the world. ASALH’s 2019 theme is Black Migrations, which emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.
Charleston County School District’s Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) partnered with ASALH organizers to provide CCSD students to this one-of-a-kind experience. Area high schools sent student representatives to participate in the Teacher Workshops. Several hundred students attended the conference’s Youth Day Friday, October 4, 2019, a Youth Day event at Charleston Southern University.
A component of Youth Day was a dance presentation entitled Coming to Monuments (performed by Dance Matters) with Marcus Amaker (Poet Laureate of the City of Charleston), serving as the emcee to educate students about historic monuments and lessons we can learn from them.
According to CCSD Family and Community Engagement Officer, Dennis Muhammad, Youth Day gave CCSD students an opportunity learn about some of Charleston’s historical monuments and figures through art and dance. “We try to plan event for middle and high school students with engaging, fun, and interactive activities that promote respect and pride in African-American history and culture, and encourage youth to remain in school and prepare for the future,” said Muhammad.
ASALH was founded by renowned historian/educator Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, in 1915. The mission of the ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community.
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