Black History Month ~Carter G. Woodson~

Black History Lesson #3

Today’s Black History lesson is about Dr. Carter G Woodson and Black History Month. Dr Woodson is also known as the Father of Black History. If you do not know ANY other name connected to Black History Month PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember this name! Without Dr. Woodson there would not be a Black History Month of recognition.

Carter Godwin Woodson(December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)

Born in 1875 in New canton, Virginia, Carter G. Woodson was the son of former slaves. Carter was from a large, poor family and as a result did not attend school regularly. Being largely self educated Woodson entered High School at the age of 20 years old. Two years later he earned his diploma. In 1908 Carter G. Woodson earned an M.A. from University of Chicago. He than went on to complete his Ph.D in history in 1912 at Harvard University. He was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University.

In 1926, Woodson pioneered the
celebration of “Negro History Week”

(PLEASE watch the entire video!)

Read more about Dr. Carter G. Woodson HERE and HERE.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. msladydeborah
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 00:39:46

    I am not surprised at many of the responses. It use to be Negro History Week at one point in time. I have worked with teachers who could not answer this same question. The sad thing about this situation is the fact that many Black parents do not know enough to educate their own children on the subject. My childhood began inthe 1950s. Our story month was one of the most important educational events during that time. Everyone participated in sharing information. Just knowing that there were men and women who represented The Race in a positive manner was like manna at that time.I think that it is a shame that our story and the stories of other POCs are not taught in context in American History.

  2. Coupon Trunk
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 22:10:30

    What an inspiring story. Thanks for this and all of your other Black History Month posts.

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