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February 8, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Dr. Carter G. Woodson: Father of Black History

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Courtesy Library of Virginia

Over the last few days, Slate River Ramblings has attracted visitors searching for information about Dr. Carter G. Woodson – Father of Black History.

If you missed previous posts about Dr. Woodson, please follow these links:

Buckingham Notables: Dr. Carter G. Woodson

The Carter Woodson Family

From “At a Place Called Buckingham”“Carter G. Woodson: Deep Roots in Buckingham County”

The great achievements of Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) are widely known. His rise from the humblest of beginnings near New Canton, Buckingham County was fueled by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, which culminated in his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Woodson’s life and work as teacher, historian, author, and founder of The Journal of Negro History have made him a hero in many circles. His books discussed African-American contributions in American religion, labor, education, even the economics of the Free Black ownership of slaves – earning him the title “Father of Black History.” His concept of a “Negro History Week,” celebrated to include the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, eventually blossomed into “Black History Month.”

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