African Studies Association
Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the flagship membership organization devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. With almost 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, the African Studies Association (ASA) encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. Based in the United States, the ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape.
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, [they] are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of [their] founder, the Father of Black History. [They] continue his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world—that Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, “The Kingdom of Culture.” ASALH’s mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the global public.
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
[The Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) was] founded in 1977 by scholars who sought to organize scholarly analysis and action to work toward “moving U.S. policy toward Africa in directions more sympathetic to African interests.” The ACAS is an organization of scholars and students of Africa dedicated to formulating alternative scholarly analysis of U.S. government policy, mobilizing support in the United States on critical current issues related to Africa, developing communication and action networks among scholars in the United States and Africa, and collaborating with other organizations that share [their] concerns.
National Association of African American Studies
The National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) was founded in 1992 on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. [It] serve[s] as a resource for scholars in the field who desire information and support for research related to the African and African American, Hispanic, Latino(a) and Chicano(a), Native American and Asian experiences.
Society of Research on African Cultures
The Society of Research on African Cultures (SORAC) was founded in 1997 by Dr. Daniel Mengara and Dr. Mutombo Nkulu N’Sengha. SORAC is an organization with an academic/scholarly focus whose purpose is to evolve into a major center for the diffusion and promotion of African cultures and related research, not only in the State of New Jersey and North America, but also worldwide.
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