Staff Report

Miami, Fla. – In honor of the 101st anniversary of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), an esteemed panel of local historians, preservationists and cultural scholars will discuss the current state and future of black culture, history and preservation in South Florida. The ASALH was founded by the father of Black History, Carter Godwin Woodson on Sept. 9, 1915.

The anniversary will be celebrated by the South Florida Organizing Branch of ASALH with its inaugural public program on Friday, Sept. 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Held at the Broward College Central Campus, 3501 SW Davie Road, Building 3/ Room 100, the event is sponsored by the Robert “Bob” Elmore Honors College and the Broward College African Student Union.

Panelists include Derek Davis, executive director, Old Dillard Museum; Marvin Dunn, author and professor emeritus, Florida International University; Dorothy Jenkins Fields, historian, founder and founding director, Enid Pinkney, founding president, Historic Hampton House Community Trust; Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Historic Virginia Key Beach Trust. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, historian and author, will moderate the discussion.

Woodson’s insistence on the value of black history over a century ago helped revolutionize the relationship of people of African descent to their culture and heritage. Uplifting the truth about the accomplishments of black people throughout time and around the globe helped to combat negative stereotypes about blacks in mainstream culture and academia.

ASALH South Florida is focused on engaging communities in greater understanding of the past and empowerment for the future through its annual series of programs and activities.

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