98th Annual ASALH Convention
Youth Day invites 8th through 12th graders who are sponsored by their school, church, or
community representative to participate in this year's Youth Day event. Facilitated by the Kiamsha
Youth Empowerment Organization of Prince George’s County Maryland, the Youth Day format
encourages not only academic achievement and an appreciation of the history and culture of people
of African descent, but also positive behavior that aims to encourage the youth to avoid prison,
avoid dropping out of high school, and become productive citizens in our society.
Youth Day introduces participating youth to a national movement, Pen or Pencil.
Pen stands for Penitentiary and Pencil for education. This national youth-led movement urges youth to
“Don’t give up your seat in the classroom to board a bus to prison or jail.” One of the highlights and goals
of the youth day is to connect the Black Power Hip Hop generation of scholars/historians with the Post Black
Power Hip Hop generation artists in an effort to begin to reconnect the current generation with the relevancy
of their historical past.
Additional information for the 2013 Youth Day will be posted here as it becomes available. Please check back