Historian, Author, Journalist, “Father of African-American History”. Dr. Carter G. Woodson. “It is important for a people to know their race’s contributions to humanity.” What did he mean?. Woodson quote. Early Life (1875-1950). Son of former slaves Father helped Union soldiers
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Historian, Author, Journalist,
“Father of African-American History”
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
“It is important for a people to know their race’s contributions to humanity.”
What did he mean?
University of Chicago
1st college in South to coed & integrated, every student receives a scholarship.
“African American contributions to U.S History were ignored, overlooked, and suppressed”
Urged for research
Highlighted the achievements of great African Americans
Activist - "I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit. It would do the cause much good. Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me”
Too radical even for the NAACP, he cancelled his membership with them,
Crispus Attucks – 1st martyr of American Revolution
Benjamin Banneker – laid out city of Washington, D.C.
PhillisWheatly – Early American Poetess
W.E.B. Dubois (William Edward Burghardt) – Activist, Writer, Historian, Educator, Founder of NAACP
George Washington Carver – Scientist, Botanist, Educator, Inventor
Booker T. Washington – Educator, Founder of Tuskegee University
Founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (1915)
Journal of Negro History (1916)
Began Negro History Week (1926) , which led to
Black History Month (1976)
Association for the Study of Negro Life and History
Ostracized from African American leaders and educators
“Should there be a separate history?”
Many felt it unnecessary.
“Blacks were just Americans of a darker color, but Americans all the same, with the same general history.” (Woodson’s critics)
What do you think?
Woodson, honored in Kentucky