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UPCOMING: Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) conference in Charl

This week I'll be attending my first conference as a member of the venerable Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the "Father of Black History," and several colleagues. This 104th annual conference of the organization is taking place nearby at the Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, SC, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

On Thursday night, October 3, beginning at 6:00 I'll be participating in the Featured Authors Event, with copies of my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, available for purchase and signing. The author showcase is free and open to the public and will take place at the Embassy Suites near the Convention Center.

And on Saturday at noon, I'll have the privilege of offering a prayer from the Baha'i scriptures to close the Carter G. Woodson Luncheon, where I'll share the stage with one of my intellectual she-roes, Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the President of ASALH, chair of the History Department at Harvard University, and author of Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920, which helped define define my approach to my research when I was in graduate school. The speaker for the luncheon will be Dr. Pero Gaglo Dagbovie, Professor of History at Michigan State University, who has published extensively on African American intellectual history and is the current editor of the Journal of African American History.

Friends and colleagues in Charleston and nearby, don't miss this opportunity to engage with a host of scholars and artists from across the country. And please come out on Thursday night to see me at the author event!

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