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  • Carter G. Woodson 1875 - 1950 An American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
  • Carter G. Woodson got the name "Father of Black History" because he dedicated his career to the African American History. Carter G. Woodson believed that Blacks should know their past in order to participate intelligently in our country. Woodson wrote lots of books on the positive contributions of blacks growth in America.
  • Carter G. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate in history from Harvard university, after W.E.B Du Bois.
  • In 1915, he and his friends established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. One year later, the "Journal of Negro History", began quarterly publication. The Association's mission was to describe its purpose to promote and research information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
  • In 1926 Woodson started the annual February observance "Negro History Week" Which became "Black History Month" in 1976.
  • Woodson had chosen February for the initial weeklong celebration to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.
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