This Week on American Black Journal: 

ASALH Shares Founding of Black History Month, Discusses Importance Today 

Host Stephen Henderson sits down with Dr. W. Marvin Dulaney, the president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), for a captivating conversation about ASALH’s founding of Black History Month and it’s importance in today’s racial landscape. The two discuss the original vision of the organization’s founder, historian and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson, as well as the theme for the organization’s virtual festival this year: Black health and wellness.

Detroit Book City Hosts African American Family Book Expo for Black History Month 

Then, Stephen catches up with the Detroit Book City bookstore to learn about its upcoming African American Family Book Expo and its initiative to further literacy in communities of color. Stephen speaks to the event organizer, Janeice Haynes, the president and CEO of Detroit Book City, as well as the featured guest author Dr. Lathardus Goggins II about being able to promote the joy of reading to Black families in Southeast Michigan.

25th Annual Sphinx Competition Winner Kebra Seyoun Charles Performs

Plus, view bassist Kebra Seyoun Charles‘, double bass, winning performance from the 25th annual Sphinx Competition, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Charles, who is originally from Miami, has been playing music from a very early age and has since gone on to receive such accolades as a two-time winner of the Boston Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra concerto competition and the winner of NAACP’s ACT-SO concerto competition.

He carries a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Music from the Juiliard School, studying under Joseph Conyers.



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