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African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African American Community

About AAL! African-American language learners and speakers have the challenge of promoting world languages while being underrepresented in our field. African-American Linguists* (AAL) offers a network for those who work, study, or have an affinity for the field of world languages. AAL allows us to coalesce, share our successes, learn from our challenges and pave the road for those who will come behind us.

The founders, Tamari Jenkins & Krishauna Hines-Gaither, envision AAL to be a network of excellence that provides advocacy and resources to aid African-American linguists*. AAL is open to educators, professionals, missionaries, clergy, public service workers, students, and all others {of any race or ethnicity} who share our vision. AAL encourages its network friends to be advocates within their communities. We hope to be able to count on the support of all AAL friends, and we are open to any ideas and suggestions. You are AAL!

*Note: For our purposes, "linguist" does not exclusively refer to one who specializes in linguistics, but rather it refers to anyone who is skilled or has an affinity for world languages.