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Carter G. Woodson' Story

Carter G. Woodson was born of former slaves in Virginia in 1875.  He never married and when he died in 1950 he had left a fascinating life trail that earned him the title to be considered the “Father of Black History.” 

His formal education started at about 20 years old.  He attended the University of Chicago, and earned a BA degree from Berea College in Kentucky.  By 1912 he had earned a doctorate in history  from Harvard University.  From laborer working in the mines of West Virginia to educator in the Philippines (hired by the United States Bureau of Insular Affairs) to researcher, author, scholar and founder of the Journal of Negro History, Woodson never stopped promoting information about black life. 

Always the educator, Woodson originated Negro History Week in 1926.  Educational materials were published and passed on to schools, churches and other organizations.  This special commemorative week, celebrated each year, was sandwiched significantly between the birthdays of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.  Negro History Week became Black History Month in 1976.

For further information on a most fascinating article (available on the EBSCO database) from which this information was derived in part, check on: 

HAM, D. N. (2001). CARTER G. WOODSON. Black Heroes, 685-690

Additional Resources:

♦  Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

♦  Smithsonian Learning Lab

♦  National Park Service – African American Heritage

♦  National Archives – African American History

♦  ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

♦  ASALH: Black Migrations 2019 Theme 

♦  African American History Month 
URL: https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about/
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