AHF Chair John Rochester joined Executive Director Armand DeKeyser in advocating for the humanities in Washington D.C.with lawmakers during the annual Humanities on the Hill.
While there, they met with Sen. Jeff Sessions, Congressman Mike Rogers and the staffs of Alabama’s Congressional delegation to stress the importance of budget support for humanities programs in Alabama.
They underscored AHF’s role as a catalyst for wide-ranging humanities programs around the state, including Road Scholars, Museum on Main Street, grants, Encyclopedia of Alabama, institutes for the state’s top teachers and emerging student scholars.
AHF grants fund humanities projects across the state — from documentaries to writers workshops to historical programs.
Rochester and DeKeyser also visited with the Domestic Policy Advisor in the White House, and they met with key staffers of US Reps. Jo Bonner, Martha Roby, Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell and US Senator Richard Shelby.
In addition, Rochester and DeKeyser hand-delivered a letter inviting Georgia Congressman John Lewis to participate in the National Humanities Conference to be hosted by Alabama Humanities Foundation in Birmingham in November. Lewis was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement, leading the march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
AHF would like to show gratitude to these elected officials and their staff for their hospitality.