CFP Deadline Extended: ASALH 2017

via ASALH:

We are proud to announce the Call for Papers for the 2017 ASALH conference.  The 2017 theme is The Crisis in Black Education.  The convention will be held on September 27-October 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference will convene at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel

The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” Woodson understood well the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge, and he called attention to the crisis that resulted from persistently imposed racial barriers to equal education. The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. In pre-Civil War northern cities, free blacks were forced as children to walk long distances past white schools on their way to the one school relegated solely to them. Whether by l aws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America from the late nineteenth century well into our own time.

Throughout the last quarter of the twentieth century and continuing today, the crisis in black education has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver  substantive opportunities. The touted benefits of education remain elusive to many blacks of all ages. Tragically, some poorly performing schools serve as pipelines to prison for youths.

Yet, African American history is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to this crisis: the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn; the rise of black colleges and universities after the Civil War; unrelenting battles in the courts; the black history movement; the freedom schools of the 1960s; and local community-based academic and men torship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement. Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future.
Deadlines for submission of proposals are as follows:

All individual and panel submissions will be accepted until the deadline of June 1st.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system.

For complete panels submitted by April 15th, day and time preferences will be given on the basis of first come, first served. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be posted for submission requirements for the various kinds of sessions.

Audio\Visual: Only panel proposal submitters will receive complimentary audio/visual equipment on a first-come, first-served basis.

All participants must be members by July

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1st and and registered by August 1st. There are no refunds for membership dues and none for registration fees after August 15th.


To submit a proposal, please visit


Look forward to seeing you in Ohio.


The Annual Meeting and Conference Program Co-Chairs
Sundiata Cha-Jua ( and Lionel Kimble, (
Academic Program Committee Coordinator:

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