ERIC Number: EJ783358
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Publication Date: 2007-Dec
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Gearing up for Black History Month in February 2008
Woodson, Carter G.
Curriculum Review, v47 n4 p14 Dec 2007
In preparation for the Black History Month in February 2008, the author profiles Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) who is considered the Father of Black History in America. He was one of the first Black Americans to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, but he left his career as a professor to research and write about the history of African Americans. As a professor, he had seen firsthand the lack of knowledge his students possessed on this subject. In 1916, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and began publishing the Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he created "Negro History Week" to highlight the contributions of black Americans to their nation and the world. His goal was to bring to light the "hidden history and culture" of the American people, and through this special observance, help all Americans to appreciate their ethnic roots and develop a mutual respect among the races. Symbolically, he chose the second week in February, which contains the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two men who made a significant impact on the lives of African-Americans. In 1976, Dr. Woodson's association, renamed the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, called for an expansion of the celebration to encompass the entire month of February in order to allow for more time for celebrations, programs and special observances. Black History Month is Dr. Woodson's most enduring legacy.
Descriptors: African Americans, African American History, Profiles, Historians, Historiography, Black Studies, Historical Interpretation, United States History
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