• 01:00

    2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award

    in History


    ASALH 2013 National Black History Theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washintgon D.C. 

    WIth over 180 nominations national and international, 20 women were chosen to receive the Living Legacy Award. The Association of the Study of African American Life and History. ( ASALH) 

    Established in September 1915, by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Assocation for the Study of African-American Life and History is the world's oldest learned society devoted tot he research, education and the status of culture and history of people of African descent. 

    Nurturing Our Roots Blog Talk Radio Host Antoinette Harrell is on of the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award for her work in the documentary production. She will be in the company 19 Black Women who changed the world through their life long works. 

    Please join host Antoinette Harrell and co-host Dr. Okpara Nosakhere for a discussion on this major accomplishment. 


  • 00:40

    ASALH ~Assoc. Study of African American Life & History

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    Dr. Mary Frances Berry Speaking at the ASALH Annual Luncehon!
    Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History  Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History.  We continue his legacy  of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of  history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture."  ASALH's mission is to  create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower  and the global public.  We labor in the service of Blacks and all humanity

  • 01:10

    Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dr Janette Hoston Harris

    in Lifestyle

    Dr. Janette Hoston Harris is an historian, professor, activist, visionary, and a force for change. While attending Central State in 1960, Harris's case challenging segregation, "Hoston v. the State of Louisiana," went to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Harris's case eventually became part of a larger court challenge, "Garner v. Louisiana," that was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1961; the case was argued and won by future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1962.

    Dr. Harris served as president, 1993-1995, of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In 1998, she was appointed city historian for Washington, D.C., the first person to hold the post. That same year, Dr. Harris established The Legacy Award program for the DC Hall of Fame. Over the course of her professional career, she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her civic and educational commitment.

    Dr. Harris is member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an artist, and the author of “Black crusaders in History, Congress and Government: Teacher's Guide” and other books. She is happily married to Dr. Rudolph Harris.

  • 01:08

    Flight to Freedom: " The Fields Family and Freedom's Fortress"

    in History

    Flight to Freedom: "The Fields Family and Freedom’s Fortress” 

    What would you risk to gain freedom for your family?

    Martha Ann Fields, her children, and her husband Washington Fields risked all to escape enslavement in Hanover County, VA to reach freedom at Fort Monroe – known as “Freedom’s Fortress” – in Hampton, Va. during the Civil War. “Flight to Freedom” is a dramatic interpretation of their journey, told through dramatic reading, song, and multimedia clips. Presented by Ajena Rogers, historical interpreter and a Fields family descendant and Drusilla Pair, genealogical researcher.

    Ajena Cason Rogers, a native of Roanoke, VA, has been an impassioned interpreter of the African American experience her entire National Park Service career and is a proud descendant of Washington Fields (1815-1868) and his wife Martha Ann Fields (1813-1891) and their son James A. Fields (1844-1903). She now lives in Hanover County, where the family originated.

    Drusilla Pair, a native of Newport News, VA, has been tracing her family history since 1994.  She is not a descendant of the Fields family but became interested in researching the history of the Fields family after attending a presentation by Gregory Cherry (1955-2007) who shared how he acquired and restored the James A. Fields House.  She is a member of the Hampton Roads Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) and the Hampton Roads Association for the Study African American Life and History (ASALH).

    Visit the Fields House Blog for more information about the James A. Fields House at


  • 00:57

    Living Black History een de Gullah/Geechee Nation 2014

    in Culture

    Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is the hostess of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio on behalf of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net).  On this Black History Month 2014 broadcast, Queen Quet will focus on the history of Black History Month and the events that are being presented throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation during February 2014 as well as the history currently being made there.  Tune een fa yeddi we sho-Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio!


  • 01:11

    Underground Railroad & The History of Social Media

    in Education

    The Gist of Freedom is pleased to welcome William Jackson, S.T.E.A.M Educator. Mr. Jackson will discuss the presentation he helped The Gist of Freedom deliver to ASALH this week in Jacksonville, Florida via Skype. 
    You can view and share the power point presentation at www.TheGISTofSOCIALMedia.com
    WWW.TheGistOf Freedom.com

  • 02:11

    Unbroken Chain of Qur’anic Freedom: Africa to New Africa

    in Religion

    The Unbroken Chain of Qur’anic Freedom: From Africa to New Africa.”   Presenters are: Dr. Hakim Rashid (Howard University School of Education)
    Dr. Qadir Abdus Sabur (Board Chairman, Tawheed Prep School)
    Dr. Sulayman Nyang (Howard University African Studies Department) and
    Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad (Director Institute of Muslim American Studies)
      ASALH's founder is Dr. Carter G. Woodson founder of Black History Month and author of the critically acclaimed book, The Mis-Education of the Negro. Promoting, researching, preserving, interpreting and disseminating information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.   

  • 01:00

    87th Annual Black History Luncheon

    in Culture

    Association for the Study of African American Life and History celebrated their 87th Annual Black History Luncheon. This years 2013 National Black History Theme:
    At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. 
    As part of their year long celebration, ASALH along with help from their long-time parnter Farmer Insurance, continue the Living Legacy Awards to honor living examples of Black American women who have made a difference in the world. We extend congratulations to all the recipients and thanks them heartily for their dedicated service.
    Nurturing Our Roots host Antoinette Harrrell was one of the awardees. Please join host Antoinette Harrell for an update about the event.

  • 01:00

    Gullah/Geechee Living Legacy Najmah Thomas

    in Culture

    Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) will have a conversation with another Living Legacy that was honored by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) last month.  Dr. Najmah Thomas and Queen Quet are both natives of St. Helena island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  In honor of Women's Herstory Month, the two will share a conversation about their roots, family traditions, and the work that they each do for the global community.
    Disya da we sho-Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio!

  • 00:30

    Why Black History Matters In America

    in Culture

    (Graphic Portrait by Charles Bibbs)
    From Sarah Boone’s modern ironing board that allowed sleeves of women’s garments to be ironed more easily to the countless byproduct of the peanut invented and researched by George Washington Carter Black People have been at the forefront of innovation and social justice since the beginning of this country’s inception. Spiritual Social justice dealt a heavy hand when Richard Allen, Absalom Jones a group of praying Black parishioners walked out of St. George Methodist Episcopal Church one day in 1787...to ultimately form the African Methodist Episcopal Church...my church for many generations.  
    The recognition began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s vision of paying tribute to “Negroes” all over the country in what started as Negro History Week in 1926.  By 1976 the week became Black History Month...celebrated each February in the United States and each October in the United Kingdom. From Harriet Tubman to Dr. Martin Luther King to young innovators like Dr. Rick Kittles Black People are truly the fabric of American culture...and
    Black History IS American History!
    For more information about the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) visit http://asalh.net

  • 02:01

    The POWER Lunch:Queen Quet and The Gullah Geechee Nation

    in Culture

    The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Living Legacy Award to be presented at its 87 Annual Black History Month Luncheon, February 23, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.   On this occasion ASALH will announce the 2013 Black History theme – At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.

    Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine (Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation) 

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