Association of Black Women Historians

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Association of Black Women Historians
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Formation October 1979
Founders Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
Eleanor Smith
Eleanor Parker
Type Professional association
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Official language
National Director
Ida E. Jones
National Vice Director
Rose Thevenin
Sandy Jowers-Barber
Kenvi Phillips

The Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) is a non-profit professional association based in Silver Springs, Maryland in the United States. The organization was developed in 1977 and formally founded in 1979.[1]


The formation of the organization stemmed out of the increase of black women historians in the United States after the Civil Rights Movement.[2] Upon its founding in 1979, it became the world's first professional association for black women historians.[2]

Ida E. Jones is the current national director. In 2012, ABWH published a statement about the film The Help. They stated that the film "distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers."[3]



  1. ^ Terborg-Penn, Rosalynn (2001). "Association of Black Women Historians". In Nina Mjagkij. Organizing Black America: an encyclopedia of African American associations. New York: Garland Publishing. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0-8153-2309-3. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Dagbovie, p. 256
  3. ^ Rivas, Jorge. "The Association of Black Women Historians Says ‘The Help’ is Distorted". Colorlines. Retrieved 15 August 2014.