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The AAHGS James Dent Walker District of Columbia Chapter provides a focal point for people who are interested in the research, development, preservation and dissemination of information related to African-Americans.

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When we research our history and genealogy, we learn the facts about just how our ancestors lived and loved...

​​​“We (Black folks) love and hate and fight and play and strive and travel and have a thousand and one interests in life like other humans.”   Zora            Neale Hurston in her 1938 essay, “Art and Such.”  In  Boyd, Valerie. Wrapped in          Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Scribner, 2003. Print.

James Dent Walker, District of Columbia Chapter

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is the premier organization of its kind in the world.  We want it to continue as such and to grow in size and scope during the coming years. With your help, AAHGS can continue to be a catalyst for change in the fields of genealogy and history.

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society was founded in 1977 by James Dent Walker, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Marsha Greenlee,  Debra Lynn Newman [Ham], Jean Sampson Scott and Paul Edward Sluby, Sr.  The District of Columbia Chapter, founded in 1991, subscribes to and promotes the goals and missions of the parent organization.

Support the goals and objectives of the Society. Participate on the local level. Volunteer your services. Answer a call to serve in the affirmative when asked. Tell everyone you know about the wonderful work being done by our members. Bring a friend with you to meetings and conferences.  This organization has made a difference in the who, what, when, and where of American history as the Founders dreamed it would more than a quarter of a century ago.

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"We have to look no further than our own families to "correct" history." 

​     Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis founding member of AAHGS during the opening

  convocation of the Washington  Historical Studies Conference, November 13, 2015,