Carter G. Woodson: “The Father of Black History” who was roots in the Two Virginias

Carter G. Woodson, a name that is often forgotten in black history, is the founder of this...
Carter G. Woodson, a name that is often forgotten in black history, is the founder of this month of remembrance.
Published: Feb. 2, 2022 at 9:45 AM EST
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Carter G. Woodson, a name that is often forgotten in black history, is the founder of this month of remembrance.

Woodson was born in 1875 to 2 illiterate former slaves. However, it was his teenage years when he found a passion for education. Teaching himself common school subjects and graduating high school by the age of 20 earning his degree in 2 years. But his work in the coal mines of West Virginia is where he learned to teach.

In 1915 Woodson would create the association for the study of negro life and history. From here, he would gather as much information as he could about black history. At the time, this was a challenge. Accounts of written history were often inaccurate.

Woodson’s devotion to black Americans finally paid off in 1926 when he launched “Negro History Week” in the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Woodson’s week would go on the expand to what we now know as black history month. Where we honor and educate Americans of the achievements of black Americans.

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