In celebration of Black History Month, we pay tribute to Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.
Carter Godwin Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African American History. An African-American historian, author, and journalist Woodson was the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1915, Dr. Woodson is also cited as the “Father of Black History.
In 1926, Dr. Carter Godwin 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 to the full month of February, known as Black History Month.
Dr. Woodson wrote the following regarding Negro History Week 1926.
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated … In such a millennium the achievements of the Negro properly set forth will crown him as a factor in early human progress and a maker of civilization … Must we let this generation continue ignorant of these eloquent facts? Let truth destroy the dividing prejudices of nationality and teach universal love without distinction of race, merit or rank.”
Dr. Carter G, Woodson’s legacy continues on, with Black History Month being a national cultural force recognized by a variety of media formats, organizations, and educational institutions.