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Haralson County
Historical Society
Karen Higgins, President
PO Box 585 - Buchanan, GA 30113
Telephone: 770-646-3369
Fax: 770-646-1103
Web site:

For immediate release - 27 January 2007
Contact: Ron Feigenblatt, 770-646-3369
A copy of this release is online at:

Haralson County Historical Society
celebrates Black History Month

The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson in late 1915, partly in response to the epic film The Birth of a Nation, whose great success many believe inspired the second incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan that year. ASNLH would provide a vehicle for Negro intellectuals who were unwelcome within the unofficially segregated American Historical Association to use scholarship to refute perjorative ideas about their people during this "nadir of race relations" in our country.

In 1926 Dr. Woodson created Negro History Week, to publicize Negro achievement. It was held during the second week of February, in honor of the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass. A half century later, ASNLH was rechristened the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASAALH) and Negro History Week was remade into Black History Month, presumably reflecting expanding confidence born of the dramatic political and social reforms of the 1960s.

The public library the Society shelters in Buchanan's Historic Courthouse includes many items related to Black History. This includes the 5-volume Reference Library of Black America in the non-circulating reference section as well as numerous circulating items, including 8 volumes of the series Great African Americans for youngsters. The librarian can direct you to more resources, including books, CDs & video.

This year the Haralson County Historical Society celebrates Black History Month with a one-time trial subscription to a new Internet-based resource: the Oxford African American Studies Center, a new project of Britain's Oxford University Press.

Now through 18 February, the Society invites the community to visit the public library in Buchanan and help us evaluate this emerging resource, to better determine whether it is something whose subscription cost is worthwhile here. The library staff will be happy to help you gain access this facility, and will be grateful for your feedback. The Society would especially appreciate personally identified written opinions, that we might engage the authors in future conversation.

Haralson County may have a small Black community, but we feel the history of our nation and especially our region is forever entwined with the history of Black people, and we hope to encourage all interested Haralsonians to come forth and help us explore this aspect of our common - and often painful - past.

For a limited inspection of the Oxford African American Studies Center, visit its web site at: