Four women working in a kitchen at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth in Bordenton, NJ. A fifth, older woman oversees a younger as she ices a cake, 1935. Lewis Wickes Hine – Collection of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Howard and Ellen Greenberg

The Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH), founded in 1979, is a dynamic network of scholars representing every region of the United States and beyond. Membership in the ABWH is open to person’s interested in the research and teaching of African American Women’s studies. Our organization is comprised of professors (college and university), students (undergraduate and graduate), archivists, public historians, and others who value the study of African American women.

To become a new member or to renew or upgrade your membership online, please visit the ABWH Cart.

PLEASE NOTE: The membership year runs from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

ABWH Membership Categories (2021-2022)

Life Membership – $450

Life membership dues may be paid in two ways:

  • One payment of $450.00
  • Three payments of $150.00 within three calendar years (minimum of one $150 payment per year for three years)

Regular Membership – $50

Student Membership – $25

Retiree Membership – $25

Institutional Membership – $100

To become a new member or renew your membership online, please visit the ABWH Cart.

We no longer accept membership applications, checks, and/or money orders via mail. Please email National Membership Director Sheena Harris at if you have questions.

Thank you for your interest in the Association for Black Women Historians.