Carter G. Woodson: Meet The Father of Black History (Video)

It wouldn’t be right to acknowledge Black History Month without giving a quick history lesson on how this holiday came to be. In the early 1900s, writer and historian, Carter G. Woodson had a plan to create awareness around the history of African American people.

Mr. Woodson began this process by lobbying schools and organizations to participate in a special program acknowledging the accomplishments and achievements of people of African descent. His hard work paid off in 1926, when along with his organization: ASALH( The Association for the study of Negro life and history) Negro history week would be introduced to the public.

However, it wasn’t until 1976 that the national observance of Black History Month began. Mr. Woodson would go on to publish several well-received books including his 1931 work: The Mis-Education of the Negro, which tackled the discrepancies in the public school system. Based on his work and contribution to the overall well-being of black society he was called “The Father of Black History”.









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