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Black History Month: The Legacy Of Carter Woodson


The African American community has many different views about Black History Month. Most celebrate it in honor of the many who came before us and made a way when there was none. Opposing views may consist of how we can truly be equal if society continuously highlights the struggle they placed upon our ancestors.

After taking a look into the life of Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, it will broaden the views one may hold on this particular month.

Carter Godwin Woodson was born on December 19, 1875, to Anna Eliza and James Woodson. When Woodson was a young boy he worked as a sharecropper and a miner bringing in money to help support the large family of 11. Woodson educational career began in high school in his late teens. Woodson was a very gifted and talented student. He completed a four graduation track in high school, in only two years.

Once graduating from Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson took a job as the education superintendent with the U.S. government. Once returning from being stationed in the Philippines, Woodson obtained a bachelors and master degree from the University of Chicago and did not stop there. Woodson then became the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University in 1912.

Woodson then became known as the father of “African American History” due to his dedication and efforts in making African American History a subject taught in school systems. Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and worked extremely hard to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. Woodson also wrote many historical works, including the 1933 book The Mis-Education of the Negro.

Woodson wrote many books that often discussed, African American selfempowerment. In total this amazing historian wrote over a dozen books.

Woodson died in Washington, D.C., in 1950 leaving behind a legacy of knowledge and a celebration for all African Americans to celebrate the many rivers we have crossed. Which also leaves an inspirational insight on how many more rivers are in our path.

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