Monday, January 21, 2019


We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. today and always. How will you impact the world today? #AAHGS #MLK #livewithpurpose#makeadifference

Check out this link from the Corporation for National & Community Service on ways you can give back today.

Friday, January 18, 2019

International AAHGS Book Awards: FAQ's

As you're preparing your entries for the 2019 International AAHGS Book Awards, we thought it would be helpful to outline some frequently asked questions to help you prepare. Don't forget that entries must received by May 1, 2019! You can find the list of frequently asked questions below and can also find more information on our website. 

Why should I enter the International AAHGS Book Awards?
Our contest is an opportunity to:
  • Receive appropriate recognition and acclaim for your hard work
  • Increase your book’s visibility on a global platform
  • Receive free promotion of your work to targeted audiences
  • Receive broader promotion of yourself as an author
What specific benefits will Winners and Finalists receive?
  • Obtain listing in the Book Awards Catalog that is distributed to thousands of educators, librarians, historians, book buyers, media, and others!
  • Enjoy exposure as a Winner or Finalist on AAHGS website.
  • Gain right to display Finalist or Winner Gold Award Stickers on your book.
Who is eligible to apply?
  • Anyone, regardless of race or national origin, who has authored a book covering African American history, family history and genealogy.  Books may be submitted by the author or by an authorized agent.
  • All books must have an ISBN, published between 2013 and 2017, and be written in English.
  • All submissions must be sent electronically.
How many different book titles may I enter?
There is no limit to the number of titles you can enter. Each title will be judged individually and separately.
How many categories may I enter per title?
You may enter as many categories as you like per title. We recommend selecting the categories you wish to enter based on those that most apply to your book or to your marketing strategies.
When will I be notified if my book has been selected as a Finalist or Winner?
Winners and Finalists will be announced and notified by the end of June, enabling awardees the opportunity to make arrangements to attend the Award Gala in the fall.
Will I be notified even if I don't win or do not place as a Finalist?
No.   Only Winners and Finalists will be notified of their Winner or Finalist status, however, a complete list of Winners and Finalists will be available to view online by the end of July.
If my book is not chosen, may I get feedback from the judges on my book?
We are sorry but our judges are all volunteers with heavy schedules that will not allow them time to provide that service to you.
Will I/we know who the judges are/were?
Judges names will not be posted due to confidentially and to ensure the integrity of the competition. Judges decisions are final.
Is there a time frame for date of book publication ...or can I enter my book from 1962?
The time frame for the 2018 award cycle is books with a publication date of 2012 - 2017.  Your work must be an active publication on Amazon.
May I enter a self-published book?
Yes, if your book is an active publication on Amazon, you may still apply. 
Who were some of your previous winners?
Please go to the following site: ...more info
How will books be judged?
Books will be judged in five areas: book cover, book content/readability, book organization, book presentation and the overall message conveyed in the book.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The International AAHGS Book Awards

The International AAHGS Book Awards is a competitive contest established to recognize,promote and honor authors of high quality publications that accurately examine and portray African-ancestored family history and genealogy in a wide variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction, for adults and young readers.    

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) takes great pride in sponsoring this book Awards program as part of its mission to document and disseminate research to all sectors of the American population on the history, struggles, and contributions of African Americans from Jamestown to the present. While film and video are vastly popular, books remain the primary and definitive locus and resource for the recording and teaching of history and genealogy especially in educational settings.

Click here to learn more!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Join Us!

If you'd like to partner with a great organization that is doing great work in the Afro-American Community, we invite you to join AAHGS! You can learn more about membership and easily join or renew with the link below!

AAHGS Membership

Sunday, January 6, 2019


Welcome! It's a new year and we've launched our new blog! We are glad that you have taken an interest in learning more about our organization! We hope that you will partner with us on various activities and other initiatives as we work to preserve and promote Afro-American history and genealogy! Make sure to subscribe to our blog to stay up to date!

Happy Juneteenth!!!!

On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended ...