98th Annual ASALH Convention
October 2-6, 2013

2013 National Black History Theme:
At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington

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The 2013 ASALH/Kiamsha Youth Day will be held at William Raines Senior High School in Jacksonville, Florida and features scholars, historians, and activists who walk down memory lane from the founding of this country to the present in commemoration of the 2013 African American Theme. This year’s theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, provides an opportunity to engage in an intergenerational dialogue connecting the audience with the charge provided to us by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the thousands of Freedom Fighters in 1963, including thousands of children, when they stood at the crossroad of freedom and equality for all. Facilitated by the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization of Prince George’s County Maryland, the Youth Day format engages Jacksonville youth as the high school team working side by side with Kiamsha’s 55 and under mentors to make a statement of the importance of generations sharing historical information, family histories, and the importance of passing the baton from generation to generation in order to keep the message of equality for all mankind ever present in the minds of all. The youth will receive highlights of Jacksonville’s own Rodney Hurst’s story as a teen to engage the youth in the 60s ideology and its relevancy today. Kiamsha’s youth day will remind us that we are one race, the human race, and connects with the teachings of Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Dr. Woodson’s thoughts and philosophy are used as a “voice of reason” throughout the youth day presentation

This youth day will feature the following authors, historians, and scholar/activists:

  • Dr. Pero Dagbovie – Professor, Graduate Director, and Associate Chair, Department of History, Michigan State University, serves as the moderator for the 2013 ASALH/Kiamsha Youth Day. Dr. Dagbovie has authored the following works: Black History: Old School Black Historians and the Hip Hop Generation (2006), The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene (2007), African American History Reconsidered (2010) and Willing to Sacrifice?: Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, and the Carter G. Woodson Home, NHS (Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Region, 2010). His current book project, What is African American History? (Polity Press, Forthcoming), is a question raised at the 2013 Youth Day event challenging the young people and adults present to begin to grasp the importance of knowing and continually studying the true account of our history.
  • Dr. James Loewen provides the audience attending the 2013 Youth Day with some of the root causes of years of revisionist history that has distorted the truth that slavery was the cause for the Civil War. This truth has been distorted and revised so much through the years that many, including our teachers today, still do not know the truth. Lies My Teacher Told Me is Dr. Loewen's gripping retelling of American history as it should, and could, be taught and has sold more than 1,333,333 copies and continues to inspire K-16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks. Dr. Loewen takes a walk down memory lane beginning with his childhood to share with the Youth Day audience how knowing and embracing the truth about our history can bring harmony to us as a people.
  • Elder Carlvern Maurice Dunn, Deputy Director, Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization and CoAuthor of Training with a Purpose, the character development manual utilized to empower over 1,000 Kiamsha youth over the past twenty plus years with the skills to become leaders of integrity. Elder Dunn’s role as a mentor gained him recognition by the Kiamsha youth as “Mentor of the Decade” at their 10th Anniversary celebration in 2003 and his legacy of mentoring has produced young men and women alike who are now serving their communities around the world as leaders with integrity. As the 2013 Recipient of the Presidential Fatherhood Initiative Award and in 2009 as one of the first recipients of the Presidential Drum Major Service Award, Elder Dunn is a member of Generation X who is ready to receive the baton and continue the rich legacy of a people who were armed with the weapon of love, a clean heart and healthy conscience that provided the ability to think and act in ways to help make this world a better place to live. During this year’s ASALH/Kiamsha Youth Day, he will walk down memory lane telling the rich story of his family history, connecting this history with historical events along the way, and culminating with what his story means to the youth and adults today. Elder Dunn serves as the Special Assistant to the founder of the Pen or Pencil Movement, Mrs. Addie Richburg, where Pen or Pencil youth from around the country were honored as the youth attending this year’s March on Washington Memorial Youth Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC August 26 and 27th, 2013 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of this historic event where Kiamsha served as the local host Pen or Pencil site.

Through the scholarly expertise of these ASALH members, the youth day audience will be met where they are with historical facts and information that will bring the ideology of 1963 to life in 2013 and provide a path to follow to help make this world a better place to live 50 years from now. Youth day 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 encourages the youth to strive to become productive citizens in our society.

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 as an additional tool to begin to reconnect the current generation with the relevancy of their historical past.

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