Closing out Black History Month by saluting the Father of Black History, Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950). Carter Godwin Woodson was a historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called Association for the Study of African American Life and History). Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1915, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history. In February 1926 he launched the celebration of “Negro History Week”; it was the precursor of Black History Month.
”We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.”Yvette Clarke
Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from January 2, 1970 – February 28, 1970. Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.
The impact of Blacks in advancing our society is far and wide, going beyond the realm of America. Share what Black history means to you.
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