Carter Godwin Woodson was born December 19, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia to Anna Eliza and James Woodson. The first son of nine children. Young Woodson worked well being a sharecropper as well as a miner to aid his family. He began high school in his late teenage years and turned out to be a great student, finishing a 4 year course of study in under 2 years.
Just after attending Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson proved helpful to the U.S. government as an education superintendent in the Philippines and started more travels prior to coming back to the U.S. Woodson earned his bachelor’s as well as master’s from the University of Chicago and proceeded to obtain a doctorate at Harvard University in 1912-becoming the 2nd African American to acquire a Ph.D. from the prestigious institution, after W.E.B. Du Bois. After completing his schooling, Woodson devoted himself towards African-American history, attempting to ensure that the subject was taught and practiced in schools and studied by scholars. For his hard work, Woodson is frequently known as the "Father of Black History."
Composing ‘Mis-Education of the Negro’
In 1915, Woodson aided the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (which became the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History), which included the goal of positioning African-American historical contributions front and center. The following year Carter founded the Journal of Negro History, a scholarly publication.
Woodson likewise formed the African-American-owned Associated Publishers Press in 1921 and would venture on to publish greater than a dozen books through the years, including A Century of Negro Migration (1918), The History on the Negro Church (1921), The Negro in Our History (1922) and Mis-Education of the Negro (1933). Mis-Education-with its concentrate on the Western indoctrination strategy and African-American self-empowerment-is an extremely noted work and has now develop into a regularly course adhered to by college institutions.
Along with his writing pursuits, Woodson at the same time worked in several academic positions, helping as a principal for Washington, D.C.’s Armstrong Manual Training School prior to working as a university dean at Howard University along with the West Virginia Collegiate Institute.
Producing Black History Month
Woodson lobbied educational facilities and organizations to take part in an exclusive program to promote the study of African-American background, which started out in February 1926 together with Negro History Week. This course was later extended and renamed Black History Month. (Woodson had chosen February for the initial weeklong celebration to recognize the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass together with President Abraham Lincoln.)
To aid teachers with African-American research, Woodson eventually created the Negro History Bulletin in 1937 along with penned literature for elementary and secondary school students.
Woodson passed away on April 3, 1950, a highly regarded and privileged figure who received accolades for his idea. His legacy keeps on, with Black History Month being a national cultural force recognized by a variety of media formats, organizations and academic institutions.
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