Daryl Scott Elected ASALH President

1/18/2013, 11:30 a.m.

Pledges to Make Service to the Community a Major Priority

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has elected Howard University history professor Dr. Daryl Michael Scott as its 27th national president.

Scott, former chairman of the Department of History at Howard University, received his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. As a historian, he specializes in American history since the Civil War. Scott received the James A. Rawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians for the best work on race relations history in the United States in 1998. He has authored numerous articles in scholarly publications on social policy and the origins of multiculturalism, and edited Dr. Carter G. Woodson's Appeal for the ASALH Press in 2008.

"I am delighted and honored to be the new president of ASALH," said Scott. "We at ASALH 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."

Scott added that one of his goals as president is for ASALH rededicate itself to providing the opportunity for others to serve.

"Our most stalwart members are those who have read and taken to heart the need for them to serve the cause of spreading knowledge about people of African descent," Scott said.