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Negro History Week was created by Carter G. Woodson February 7, 1926.  It became Black History Month 50 years later in 1976. (blackfacts.com)

Historian Carter G. Woodson

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was born in 1875 near New Canton, VA. the son of former slaves. In 1907, he obtained his BA degree from the University of Chicago and in 1912, he received his PhD from Harvard University. His is also well known for the publication, The Mis-Education of the Negro, originally published in 1933 and still fitting today.

Dr. Woodson was named “The Father of Black History Month” long after the launch of the annual February observance of “Negro History Week.” Some say the week was chosen for the observance  Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th and the accepted February 14th birthday of Frederick Douglass.

He died in 1950, but Dr. Woodson is still preserving African American history through the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. (woodsonmuseum.org)

 

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