Monday, February 6, 2012

Motivational Monday--Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Founding member of Black History Month


Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Known as the “Father of Black History,” Woodson (1875-1950) was the son of former slaves, and understood how important gaining a proper education is when striving to secure and make the most out of one’s divine right of freedom. Source


FACTS:

  • Formal education began at age 20
  • Bachelors and Masters form Chicago University
  • Second African American to receive a PHD from Harvard University
  • Founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.



In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the 
birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1976, this celebration was expanded to 
include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the
country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience.  ASALH views the 
promotion of Black History Month as one of the most important components of advancing Dr. 
Woodson’s legacy.

In honor of all the work that Dr. Carter G. Woodson has done to promote the study of African 
American History, an ornament of Woodson hangs on the White House's Christmas tree each year. Source





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