ASALH was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915 in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of African Americans. He established Negro History Week in 1926 and 50 years later in 1976 that week became a month-long celebration that today is supported nationally and internationally.

The ASALH Annual Conference brings together more than 1000 individuals-academics, community builders, educators, business professionals and other to explore the history and culture of African Americans and people of African descent.