Mission of the Branches
The branch structure of ASALH reflects Carter G. Woodson's belief that our mission of creating and disseminating
knowledge about Black history could not be realized by academics alone. He envisioned the branches as a means of
extending ASALH's reach across the country and beyond to gather primary materials about Black history and to
promote the finished results to the public through events and organizational activities.
A Renewed Emphasis on Branches
The Executive Council recognizes the importance of branches. Staff support is provided to improve the experience of
Join a Branch
If you are considering joining ASALH or are already a member, become more involved in the work of ASALH by
joining one of the branches. Branches exist in many states throughout the United States. Some are institution-based,
but most serve an area. To find out more about the activities of the branch nearest you, please use the branch
If there is no branch in your area, see the Procedures for Organizing ASALH Branches . Extend the work
of ASALH by creating a new branch. Our membership team is dedicated to assisting you. For the application form,
please click here or contact us via telephone or email.