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ASLA Celebrates Black History Month

Image credit: Howard University, Washington, D.C., 2010. Photo © Nikolaus Fogle, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

ASLA began its month-long celebration of Black History Month by releasing ASLA Celebrates Black History Month, which highlights the contributions of African Americans to landscape architecture.

We spotlight David August Williston, who left a lasting legacy as one of the first African American landscape architects. Williston designed some of the major campuses of historically African American colleges, such as Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute and Howard University in the District of Columbia.

Now, more than 25 years later, we celebrate the recognition of African Americans and the broad progress ASLA has made as part of its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This includes the addition of diversity and inclusion to ASLA’s mission, ASLA’s Diversity Statement, and initiatives stemming from the ASLA Diversity Summit. 

We also take a look back at the 1992 special issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, African Americans in Landscape Architecture, which tackles important issues that are still relevant today.

ASLA Celebrates Black History Month aims to help educate members, K-12 educators, and the public about the contributions and influence of African American landscape architects to the profession and the nation.

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