Today In Black History
Did you know on this day in Black History, Dr. Carter G. Woodson launched the first day of Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month?
Dr. Woodson, also known as the father of Black History Month was born in 1875 new New Canton,VA. He was the son former slaves. In 1907, he obtained his BA degree from the University of Chicago. In 1912, he received his PhD from Harvard University.
In 1926, Woodson proposed and launched the annual observance of "Negro History Week," in February, which became "Black History Month" in 1976. It is said that he chose the second week of February between the birthday of Frederick Douglas(Feb 14) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12).
He is known for writing the contributions of black Americans into the national spotlight, received a PhD at Harvard University.
Dr. Woodson was the author of more than 30 books. His best known publication is The Mis-Education of the Negro, originally published in 1933 and still pertinent today.
He died in 1950, but Dr. Woodson’s scholarly legacy goes on.