Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter Godwin WoodsonCarter Godwin Woodson: Committed Black Historian

African-American writer, educator, and historian Carter Godwin Woodson was born December 19, 1875. From a poor family in Buckingham County, Virginia, Woodson supported himself by working in the coal mines of Kentucky as a teenager and as a consequence was unable to enroll in high school until he was 20. After graduating in fewer than two years, he taught high school, wrote articles, studied at home and abroad, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1912. Woodson also studied at Berea College and the University of Chicago.

He was dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Howard University from 1919 to 1920 and at what is now West Virginia State College from 1920 to 1922. Woodson devoted his life to making “the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history. To this end he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History; founded and edited the Journal of Negro History; founded the Negro History Bulletin; and organized the first annual Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month.

Among Carter G. Woodson’s many books are The Mis-Education of the Negro Prior to 1861, History of the Negro Church, and The Rural Negro. Carter G. Woodson died April 3, 1950.

Black Heroes of The Twentieth Century
Jessie Carney Smith, editor
Detroit, Michigan: Visible Ink Press, 1998

One comment on “Carter Godwin Woodson

  1. Black Hero from the Black Boule.

    Carter G, the so-called “Father of Black History” and WEB DuBois, are two noodle-back negroes that couldn’t find it in their soulz to do something as courageous and honorable as the late George GM James. James, a Master Mason, wrote the controversial book, Stolen Legacy, which was published in 1954. Shortly after the book was released, James died, believed to be a masonic death with it bein’ said his neck was cut from ear-to-ear with his tongue cut out. Back then, if you were a Mason and you told secrets, you would pay with your life (not to say that isn’t still the case today).

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