The Decoding Origins team was lucky enough to be in Atlanta for the 61st Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) on November 29th to December 1st, 2018. With a history as tragic and hopeful as Atlanta's, it was a fitting place to learn about African origins and the greater diaspora. The team spent time attending panels, meeting both upcoming and established scholars, and forming lasting connections. Attending panels on topics ranging from best practices in endangered archives to the study of history as activism, it was a jam-packed three days! While there, the team was able to explore Atlanta, making time to explore the city's history. As the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, we were humbled as we visited the new National Centre for Civil and Human Rights and received a tour of the historic Morehouse College (pictured). ASA gave the team much to think about, but also formed long-lasting partnerships with a number of notable projects from across North America and beyond.