Carter (G)odwin Woodson (1875-1950) was a Journalist, Author and African American Historian from New Canton, Virginia. With a Ph. D from Harvard University he focused his studies and energy toward the research and outward knowledge of African American history. He knew that there was a disservice of information given towards the youth of this countryand African Americans in general. He wanted to spread the word and not just tell people but show them as well. He wanted everyone to know (especially African American students who weren’t being taught their ancestral history in school) all of the contributions made by African Americans past and present.
Now I know as African Americans we tend to think like conspiracy theorists regarding issues with American history in general (with good reason). There was the running joke throughout the African American community that they only gave us our own month because February is the shortest month of the year. However, after doing some research it has been discovered that Carter G Woodson initially established BLack History Month as Negro History Week in 1926. He wanted to pay homage to Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. So he set it up to be the second week of February. It began to gain steem and eventually was accepted and extended for the whole month of February in 1976.
Mr. Woodson did not live to see the actual acceptance of his efforts. However, as with most pioneers they do not live to see the fruit of their labor. They do this work to benefit the generation of people to come.
•founder of Negro History Week (Black History Month).
•2nd African American to graduate from Harvard university (after W.E.B Dubois).
•founder of the Assoc. for the Study of African American Life & History.
•columnist for Marcus Garvey’s Weekly Negro World.
•writer of The Mis-Education of the Negro.
Thank you Carter G Woodson we are forever indebted to your contributions. #tellmehowilooknow.