National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for racial and ethnic minority groups to get access to mental health and substance-use treatment services. Read More…

Join us and register for the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration on December 18, 2021 at 1pm


DATE AND TIME: December 18, 2021 1-3 PM Via Zoom

SPONSOR: Charleston Area Branch of ASALH

DESCRIPTION: A celebration honoring the birthday of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and year end party for branch members, friends and supporters.


Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, President Elect ASALH National

Dr. Bernard Powers, Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston


Dr. Tamara Butler, Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Program Agenda

Call to Order

Lift Every Voice and Sing


Forum – The Legacy of Dr Carter G. Woodson

Presenters: Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney and Dr. Bernard Powers

Branch Awards


Closing Remarks

Woodson Birthday Celebration


Join us for the 2021 ASALH Founders Day Celebration on October 9, 2021 at 1pm


The Charleston Area Branch of ASALH will celebrate Founders Day by welcoming Dr. Tonya Matthews, who is the new Chief Executive Officer of the International African American Museum (IAAM). The Museum is located at the historical site of Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina and is scheduled to open in 2022. IAAM has been described as “one of the nation’s newest platforms for the disruption of institutionalized racism as America continues the walk toward ‘a more perfect union’”

A thought leader in inclusive frameworks, social entrepreneurship and education Dr. Matthews will share her thoughts on the historical importance of ASALH, the Black family and her vision for IAAM at this moment of racial reckoning.

We will also welcome the inaugural class of the College of Charleston’s 1967 Legacy Program. The program is comprised of a group of high achieving Black students pursuing excellence in the tradition of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.



Lift Every Voice and Sing

President’s Comments

Introduction of Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker Remarks: Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, International African American Museum, Charleston SC

Special Guest Presentation: College of Charleston 1967 Legacy Program


Closing Remarks

About Guests

Dr. Tonya M. Matthews

Dr. Tonya M. Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the International African American Museum (IAAM) at the historically sacred site of Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, SC. As a champion of authentic, empathetic storytelling of American history, IAAM is one of the nation’s newest platforms for the disruption of institutionalized racism as America continues the walk toward “a more perfect union.”

A thought-leader in inclusive frameworks, social entrepreneurship, and education, Matthews has written articles and book chapters across these varied subjects. She is founder of The STEMinista Project, a movement to engage girls in their future with STEM careers. Matthews is also a poet and is included in 100 Best African-American Poems (2010) edited by Nikki Giovanni. Matthews received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her B.S.E. in engineering from Duke University, alongside a certificate in African/African-American Studies.

College of Charleston 1967 Legacy Program

The Legacy 1967 Program aims to improve the recruitment, retention, graduation and workplace success of Black students through scholarships, enhanced and extended education support, and professional preparation, as well as research the experiences of the Black trailblazers who contributed to the College.


Register below to obtain the Zoom meeting information.

African History/Maryland History/ South Carolina History – $500 Award – Global Journey Scholar Contest Students Eligible to Apply through Monday September 20, 2021


The Global Journey Scholars Program encourages students to explore African history throughout the year.  We highlight the vast contributions and influence of Africans and Africans born in America and other countries who have been instrumental in contributing to society and humanity.    All students in grades 5-12 are eligible to apply.

To pay homage to Kunta Kinte and the many ancestors who shared a similar journey during the MAAFA, the August /September Global Journey Scholar will prepare works that examine the importance of remembering history through names. 

Today, in the state of Maryland, there is a township in Prince George’s County called “Mitchellville, Maryland”.  But did you know that in 1862, a township called Mitchelville was formed in South Carolina?  Names have always been important to African, Gullah and American traditions.  It is a way to remain connected to memories and energy of significant people (i.e., ancestors), important events and historical places.  Many cities, states and countries are currently in the midst of ensuring equity in the recognition, remembrance and celebration of the contributions of people of African descent.

Global Journey Scholar Contest: 

Find out more about the two townships called Mitchelville.  

Compare Mitchellville, MD and Mitchelville, SC.  What are the similarities between the two townships and populations?  How are the two townships different? 


1.  Immerse yourself in being a journalist.  Using the 5 W’s (who, what , when, where, and why) conduct research to find out and report on how Mitchelville SC was established. Remember that it is important to use multiple sources and verify your sources of information.  To share your findings, you may create a timeline, research report, creative visual artwork or video that showcases how the Gullah people of West African descent residing in Mitchelville, SC persevered, maintained and demonstrated West African culture and traditions when they created their own community in SC. 

2.  Immerse yourself in being an architect.  Design your vision of what the next Mitchellville city or town might look like in the future.  What might you and your team of engineers, construction workers, city planners and other members of the project team consider as your  begin the design project.  Think about the current design of Mitchellville, Maryland.  What are some considerations that would be important to you and future generations who would live there to foster healthy communities that serves the needs of the citizens of the future.  For example, if you had control of city planning, where would you place residential communities?  What style of communities would you have?  How would you build environmental sustainability into your city model?   How would you ensure that you have the proper infrastructure for transportation, public health and educational systems?  What role would animal rights play? Where would potentially displaced animals be relocated to in your design?

Due to COVID-19, the Global Journey Scholars Award portion will be virtual.  Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival will announce the winner live at the event and a recording will be posted to the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival  and Global Journey for Children websites and social media.

All submissions are due September 20, 2021 by 11:39PM EST. 

Criteria and eligibility guidelines are available on the Global Journey Scholars Page on the website.

Note Date Change: Join us on July 17th at 1pm for The Black Family: Worship Traditions and Faith Institutions

PROGRAM TITLE: The Black Family: Worship Traditions and Faith Institutions

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 1-3PM EST via Zoom

SPONSORS: Charleston Area Branch of ASALH

DESCRIPTION:  Worship traditions and faith institutions are a significant historic element of African American life and culture. This forum will explore the rich diversity of these traditions and institutions with a focus on their roles and impact on the Black family.

MODERATOR: Dennis Muhammad, Esq.


Lee Bennett, Historian, Mother Emmanuel AME Church

Rev. DeMett Jenkins, Lilly Director of Education and Engagement for Faith Based Communities, International African American Museum

Kathleen Merritt, Director, Office of Ethnic Ministries, Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston


Online Event on June 26th at 12pm: The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling

Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History for our project launch on June 26th with insightful presentations by Tracey Artis from Black Family Reunion and Therese Nelson of Black Culinary History. Through this launch event, we hope to inspire families to reconnect and reemerge whole through archiving, storytelling, and breaking bread guided by both our live and pre-recorded sessions.

In continuing this year’s theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is excited to announce a new national campaign, “The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling.” Launching in collaboration with NY Life and Archival Alchemy®, the campaign encourages participants to host intergenerational Black family reunions—virtual or in person—to explore their unique African American heritage and family History.

“The Black Family: United by History, Restored by Storytelling” will include prerecorded workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and a certificate program to guide participants through tools of oral storytelling, genealogy, and familial archiving that may serve as a roadmap to their reunions, after a year apart.

Celebrate Juneteenth in the Lowcountry

There are several opportunities to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday in the Lowcountry. Check out the individual events below.

This festival is open to all cultures, but will specifically target the national African American community and seek to galvanize the rising awareness, popularity and pride in celebrating the Juneteenth holiday. During this event, and as a sobering reflection of Charleston serving as the number one slave port sending enslaved people to various destinations, “All roads lead to Charleston, SC”

We will tap into the richness of the history, culture and flavor of The Lowcountry. This event will be branded as a yearly destination for the celebration of the Juneteenth holiday!
Celebrating Juneteenth in Charleston, South Carolina as a large-scale event is significant to our heritage and who we are as a people. Originating in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth is now celebrated throughout the United States annually on the 19th of June, with varying official recognition. Juneteenth pays tribute and celebrates the journey to freedom, the contributions, ingenuity, and sacrifices that were made by those who came before us. Charleston has an abundantly rich black history due to its Gullah Geechee roots and because nearly half of enslaved Africans (Afrikans) brought to America came through Charleston, and nearly 80 percent of African-Americans can potentially trace an ancestor who arrived in Charleston. Juneteenth is a pivotal milestone in African American history. It demonstrates the long, enduring fight for freedom. It took nearly two and half years for those who were enslaved, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas to finally be free from enslavement when the Union soldiers arrived, many of whom were black, to enforce the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation (Delaware and Kentucky, would not come until several months later, on December 18th, 1865 through the Thirteenth Amendment).
“Juneteenth” also referred to as Freedom Day or Liberation Day is the longest running African American Holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. Through Lowcountry Juneteenth Week and Festival, we aim to magnify an often overlooked moment in African American history. Join us June 14th – June 20th as we empower, celebrate and educate thru Gullah History, arts and culture.
Juneteenth Week will highlight black owned business with curated events throughout the city. The festival will include a family day of fun on Saturday June 19th at The Bend, a breathtaking waterfront venue located in beautiful North Charleston. The family affair will feature children’s activities, food trucks, vendors, performances, live concert, firework finale and more.
Juneteenth Pride Celebration sponsored by Charleston Black Pride