Black History Month- Carter G. Woodson

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Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)[1] 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 in 1916, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.[2] In February 1926 he announced the celebration of “Negro History Week”, considered the precursor of Black History Month.[3]

Source: Wikipedia

Quotes:

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.

The thought of’ the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.

Source: www.history.com 

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