Black History Links

Black History Links

Sebastian Wright, a senior at Booker High School, one of the 2011 Manasota ASALH scholarship award recipients who will attend the University of Florida, discusses Black History at the March membership meeting.


The Mission of ASALH is to disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture. We believe a web site is an ideal way to do that. We envision the ASALH web site as a place that teachers, students and many others will go to find links to Black History. We are asking you to become part of our team and help us identify web sites that will provide such linkages.


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Information uncovered about slave trade in Camden, New Jersey:

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Sarasota Magazine features an article about Angola:

“Called one of the most significant historical sites in Florida and perhaps the U.S. by Florida historian Canter Brown Jr., Angola is a story of struggle, tragedy and ultimately, survival in the quest for freedom. Angola also reveals Florida’s important role as a sanctuary for escaped slaves who established settlements, farmed, traded and traveled.” Read The Article Here

An Underground Railroad Station in Iowa

In September of 2018, daughter of Manasota ASALH member, Robert Fitzgerald, stumbled upon a hidden piece of Black History while on a road trip across country – evidence of an Underground Railroad Station in Iowa. The marble floor in this old “train station” in Wilton, Iowa, contains replicas of quilts made and used by our enslaved ancestors to guide them to freedom. What a surprise to learn that this small, out of the way town was actually a gateway to freedom! Also, it is commendable that the Iowa State Government took an initiative to finance and hence preserve the memory of those courageous Black souls that passed through that spot! Thanks for sharing, Mr. Fitzgerald!

African-American Women included in Overlooked, stories of remarkable women in The New York Times

On March 8, 2018, journalist Amisha Padnani published an article, “How an Obits Project on Overlooked Women was Born.” The article included the statement: “Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. Now we’re adding the stories of other remarkable people.” Read The Article Here

Overlooked women featured in this series include: Nella Larsen, a Harlem Renaissance-era writer, Opera Diva Sissieretta Jones, and acclaimed Sculptor Edmonia Lewis.

The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

In the decades the followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2013 theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, marked the 150th and 50th anniversaries of two pivotal events in African-American history.