Black History Month Spotlight: Dr. Carter G. Woodson

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Safa Touri

12/14/21

In honor of Black History Month, Glasgow Students celebrate people who have impacted the world in which we live. Spotlight #7 is Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, a renowned author and the founder of Black History Month.

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, also known as the “Father of Black History”, was an exceptional figure in the early 20th century, establishing numerous institutions, publishing books, and becoming the second African American to earn a Ph.D from Harvard University. He sought out to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans, which he believed was not taught enough to the younger African American generation. In 1915, he established the present-called Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), whose mission is to educate and celebrate the successes of those that have influenced the world as we know it today. One of Dr. Woodson’s most noted works, the Mis-Education of the Negro, is still studied today in colleges and universities. 

 

Dr. Woodson worked hard to establish Black History Month. Initially starting as Negro History Week, he encouraged schools and organizations to celebrate African Americans. Dr. Woodson hoped that one day all Americans would eagerly celebrate black history, causing this yearly celebration to be unnecessary. His legacy still carries on today, with Black History Month empowering the Glasgow community to celebrate Black Americans and to cherish their stories that have built America. He has inspired our community to share their voice like Amanda Gorman; stand up for what is right like Maya Angelou; and to organize events/clubs to recognize other underrepresented communities. How are you honoring Black History Month? 

Learn More Here:

Carter G. Woodson | Youtube Video 

 

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