History and Purpose of the Organization
The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. (ASBS) was founded in 1935 by Theophilus E. McKinney at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina to provide a forum for social science teachers in Negro colleges to assemble and discuss trends in education and the curricula needs of their students. The organization was established as the Association of Social Science Teachers and has grown into an interdisciplinary organization that continues to honor its rich history of examining critical issues that impact Black people.
Annually, scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities host the conference as a forum to continue the work of ASBS.
The theme of the 2024 annual conference is "The March Continues: Political, Economic, and Societal Challenges Post Pandemic." The ASBS Annual Conference will be held March 13-16, 2024 in Jackson, Mississippi.