Today is February 1st, the start of Black History Month! Throughout the month I will be posting a few facts about different African Americans and their lives and achievements. A lot of people don't take the time to read up on things like this and I bet a lot of you don't even talk about it in school. I go to an HBCU and we don't even talk about Black History Month in the classroom. This is going to be a great way for all of us to learn something new together.
Did you know that Black History Month first originated in 1926 as Negro History Week by Dr. Carter G. Woodson? It wasn't until 1976 that it became an actual month.
Why is it in February?
-Because so many great leaders have birthdays in February.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
The Father of Black History Month
A few facts
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson was born in New Canton, Virginia in 1875. (son of slaves)
- He came from a large/poor family and wasn't able to attend school regularly. When he turned 20 he had the opportunity to go to high school where he graduated in less than 2 years. After high school he attended Berea College in Kentucky.
- He went to the University of Chicago where he earned a bachelor's and a master's degree.
- He was also the second African American to earn a Ph.D at Harvard. (The first was W.E.B Du Bois)
- Became an author, historian, journalist, etc.
- Dr. Woodson was determined to get people educated on African American history and to celebrate Black culture.
- He died in 1950 at the age of 74
Here's a video with more info about him.
"The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess."
-Dr. Carter G. Woodson
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