Carter G. Woodson

Celebrate Black History

Carter G WoodsonCarter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of Journal of Negro History, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.

So it is only fitting that, I began this Black History, Inspirational Injection with him! 

Carter G. Woodson worked to preserve the history of African Americans and accumulated a collection of thousands of artifacts and publications. He noted that African-American contributions “were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them.” Race prejudice, he concluded, “is merely the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind.”

In 1926, Woodson pioneered the celebration of “Negro History Week”, designated for the second week in February, to coincide with marking the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The week of recognition became accepted and has been extended as the full month of February, now known as Black History Month!



This Day In Black History(Feb. 1): 

1. DEMONSTRATION IN SELMA(1965) – Alabama official arrest 700 blacks as they demonstrate against the state’s voter registration requirements in Selma, Alabama.

2. BLACK ATTORNEY SUPREME COURT(1865) – The same day that congress approved the 13th Amendment ending slavery, Charles Sumner introduced a motion that made Boston attorney John Rock the first black attorney to be admitted to argue in the Supreme Court of the United States. John Rock was credited with coning the phrase “black is beautiful.”

3. NEGRO HISTORY WEEK LAUNCHED(1926) – Dr. Carter G. Woodson introduced Negro History after he graduated from Harvard with his PHD. The scholar was disturbed by the lack of black historical information in text books. He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, since changed to the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1915. A year later Dr. Woodson started the Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. It became a month long celebration in 1976.


Submitted by:

Dwayne B. Neal – Team N.A.M.E.S.
“Knowledge is power, but ACTION is King!”

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