Tuesday, February 14, 2017

#BlackHistoryFacts | Carter G. Woodson

Black history fact #14

Carter G. Woodson (1875 - 1950) was a historian and writer, and he is also considered the "Father of Black History Month." He earned a doctorate from Harvard University in 1912, becoming the second black person to earn a doctorate from the institution (after W. E. B. DuBois). Woodson dedicated himself to the study of black American history and lobbied to have the subject taught in schools and studied by scholars. In 1915, he cofounded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and established  The Journal of Negro History. He wrote over a dozen books, including his most noted work "The Mis-eduaiton of the Negro" (1933),  which focused on black self-empowerment. In February 1926, Woodson launched the celebration "Negro History Week," a special program in collaboration with schools and organizations to highlight black contributions to civilization. He created the "Negro History Bulletin" in 1937 and developed literature to help teachers with black studies. This program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month.

Thank you Carter G. Woodson for making sure we celebrate our history!