Last week, over a thousand academics, activists and students gathered in Charleston, South Carolina for the 104th Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
This year, the conference theme was Black Migrations, primarily focused on African-American history from the 20th century through modern day.
The five-day conference featured over 200 sessions, including panels, plenaries, workshops and a film festival. Sessions covered issues ranging from contemporary issues like reparations to historical phenomena like 20th century African Americans’ journey from Southern farms to cities.
Multiple panels focused on education, including a panel titled “Movin’ On Up?: Exploring Black Migration and Education in the U.S” and “Remembering Our Roots: The Influence of Education and it’s Impact on Black Families during the era of the Great Migration.”
Prominent scholars like Dr. Mary Frances Berry and poet Nikki Giovanni were in attendance.
The conference was originally created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson – also the founder of Black History Month – to delve into African American history and life in America.