Carter G. Woodson: The Man That Sparked Black History Month

Born Carter Godwin Woodson in New Canton, VA (1875-1950), Dr. Woodson was an American author, historian, journalist, and the "Father of Black History Month." Best known for his 1933 seminal book, the Mis-Education of the Negro, his entire life was spent working to preserve the history of African Americans because he believed their contributions "were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them."

His main goal was to ensure that the overlooked role of Black people in American history was acknowledged by white historians. Dr. Carter wanted to ensure "the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history."

Did you know? The Black History Month 2021 theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity."

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