The ASALH Celebrates 76th Annual Black History Month with Kick-Off Luncheon Playhouse

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The ASALH Celebrates 76th Annual Black History Month with Kick-Off Luncheon Playhouse


In February 2001, the ASALH celebrated the 76th Anniversary of Black History Month with a Kick-Off Luncheon Playhouse performance of "LET MY PEOPLE GO" by the Touting Theatre Ensemble of North Carolina at the Blackburn Center, Howard University, Washington, DC. Our theme for 2001 is "Creating and Defining the African-American Community: Family, Church, Politics, and Culture."

In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association to promote the history of African Americans. A year later, he established the Journal of Negro History to publish the works of black and white scholars who researched and wrote about people of color. In 1926, he established "Negro History Week," "Black History Month" since 1975, to celebrate the African American experience and in 1937 the Negro History Bulletin for teachers.

Let My People Go: The Trials of Bondage in Words of Master and Slave was compiled and edited by historian Loren L. Schweninger and adapted for stage and directed by Brenda P. Schleunes. Schweninger combed through nearly 17,000 court petitions filed prior to the Civil War by slaves and masters throughout the South and found horrific personal tragedy caught in a tangled maze of state and federal laws of bondage. …

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