Howard University professor Dr. Daryl Michael Scott was recently named president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the organization announced.

“I am delighted and honored to be the new president of ASALH,” Dr. Scott said in a statement. We at ASLAH are all about service. Our founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, believed mightily in service, and in his famous commentary, The Mis-Education of the Negro, he criticized so-called educated Blacks for their failure to serve the community.”

“One of my major goals will be for us to rededicate ourselves to having the capacity to provide others with the opportunity to serve,” Scott said. “Our most stalwart members are those who have read and taken to hear the need for them to serve the cause of spreading knowledge about people of African descent.”

Scott succeeds former leader James Stewart. He received a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University and formerly served as chair of the Department of History at Howard. He also has authored a bevy of articles in scholarly publications on social policy and the origins of multiculturalism.

On Feb. 23, Scott will commence ASALH’s annual Black History Month Luncheon at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the District. Former U.S. Civil Rights Commission Chair Dr. Mary France will be the event’s keynote speaker. Additionally, numerous historians, authors and scholars will be showcasing their latest books on African American history at the event.

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