Carter G. Woodson


The Appalachian legacy of Carter G. Woodson, ‘father of Black History Month’

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (OVR) — Carter G. Woodson was one of the first people to seriously study and document the history of Black people in the United States, and he also created educational programs that celebrated Black culture, most notably Black History Month. But few people know about his ties to Appalachia, where he spent much of his youth.
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Carter G. Woodson and the Significance of Celebrating African-American History

Editor’s Note: This commentary by Damon Freeman, PhD, professor and director of the history program at University of Maryland Global Campus, was written as part of the university’s commemoration of African-American Heritage Month. African American Heritage Month is central to American history. Started in February 1926 by Dr....

Carter G. Woodson, ‘The Father of Black History Month,’ has Kentucky ties

Carter G. Woodson was a historian, author and journalist, known to many as the “Father of Black History Month.” And Kentucky is a part of his story. Woodson was the son of formerly enslaved parents. After the Civil War, his family relocated to West Virginia, where he spent his childhood.
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Guest Column: Black History Month and the contributions of Carter G. Woodson across the nation

Carter G. Woodson is known today as “the father of Black history” and is credited with laying the foundations for the widespread adoption of Black studies in American schools. When Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, the achievements of Blacks were largely ignored by professional historians. Convinced that without a recorded history the contributions of his race would be forgotten, Woodson set out to provide a means for the study of Black American heritage. With the founding of the association and, later, the Journal of Negro History, Woodson offered scholars a medium for the research and publication of articles on the Black experience. Negro History Week (now Black History Month), which Woodson launched in 1926, opened the study of history to the wider public, offering information needed to appreciate and understand the role of Blacks in American history.

Inclusion & Diversity: Carter G. Woodson: The Founder Of Black History Month

Remember the carefree life of your teenage years? Sure, we had to deal with school and adolescence, but that was...well, it was literally child’s play compared to what we have to deal with now, right? Not if you were Carter G. Woodson. Carter was the son of former slaves and one of seven siblings. His parents were illiterate and struggled to support their large family, so while other children his age attended school, he worked in a coal mine to help support his family. He valued education, so he taught himself basic school subjects, but at 20 he decided he needed a formal education and entered high school. He graduated two years later, went on to college, then taught and served as a high school principal. In 1912 he became only the second African American to graduate Harvard University with a doctorate. What an incredible journey!

Between Virgil and Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Black History Month is not racist. I am compelled to say this because racism, as with so much else in America today, has entered its Orwellian moment. You see, white people are the real victims of discriminatory systems and practices. Donald Trump is the ideological heir of Martin Luther King.

Regina Hall Honors Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the ‘Father of Black History’: ‘It’s Stories Like His That Need to Be Told’

As we enter Black History Month, I reflect on the varied meanings it has held for me throughout the many stages of my life. When I was young, it felt like an obligatory time of homework and essays about Black historical figures. As I matured, it began to hold a great sense of pride for what my ancestors not only endured but survived. Today, for me, it represents celebration. A beautiful time to rejoice and show deep gratitude for all the accomplishments, discoveries and steadfast determination of the African diaspora. One cannot begin to celebrate the meaning and importance of Black...

Dr. Carter G. Woodson Seventh Annual Black History Luncheon (February 5)

Seventh Annual Carter G. Woodson Luncheon. Cosponsored with the W. Marvin Dulaney Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Guest Speaker: Ms. Tisha Crear, owner of vegan restaurant Recipe Oak Cliff 12:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Solarium $15 on site; $10 virtual. Reservations required: 214-948-2004.

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

(WVVA) - 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.