Today I’m turning the spotlight on Carter G. Woodson. He is known as the “Father of Black History Month”. He’s also one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard.
Woodson was born on December 19, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. He was born to a poor slave family. Around 15 years of age, Woodson worked as a miner, a sharecropper, and attended high school.
He taught black youth around the 1900’s in West Virginia. He worked in the Philippines for the US war department from 1903 to 1907. He received his M.A degree in history in 1908. He published his first book in 1915, titled The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861.
He also co founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History(ASNLH). He launched Negro Week in 1926. He wrote many essays in black newspapers such as the New York Age, and Pittsburgh Courier from Pennsylvania.
He assisted teachers with African American studies by creating the Negro History bulletin in 1937. He served as a principal at Armstrong Manual Training school in Washington. He then worked as a college dean at Howard University.
He relied on the black community to keep the organizations he created going.
Woodson died on April 3, 1950 from a heart attack.