The world’s largest organization dedicated to the archaeology of the modern world turns 50 in 2017. Join us as Dr. Schuldenrein talks with Society for Historical Archaeology President Dr. JW Joseph about the importance, history and future of the SHA. In a reflection of the value of professional organizations like the SHA to the discipline, Dr. Joseph provides a necessary critique of archaeology’s relationship with African-American history, research and descendant communities. In particular, he offers a mandate for practitioners to uphold our unique position as stewards of all American pasts and to reaffirm our commitment to protect and herald histories of the disenfranchised. Listen in as Dr. Schuldenrein and Dr. Joseph discuss African-American archaeology as well as public interest in African-American sites and the issues involved in trying to create a new NPS park.