Yes, we will be talking about carter g woodson on today, i’m, going to be sharing a little bit of information on who he was and the achievements and contributions he made to all of us that are black in the united states of america and in history. Overall, thank you so much for taking a moment to click on this video. Please don’t forget to thumbs up and if you enjoy the commentary, please don’t forget to hit the subscribe button. It is free. After all, it is 3.99 now without further ado i’m, going to go ahead and get started now. Although national african american history month wouldn’t be officially celebrated until after he passed, dr carter g woodson was responsible for the creation of the monthly observance born in 1875. Near canton, virginia woodson’s parents and eliza riddle and james henry woodson were former slaves for his undergraduate degree. Woodson attended the university of chicago graduating in 1907.. He continued his education at the university of chicago and then harvard university where he became the second african american to receive a doctorate from the prestigious school according to biography.com. The first was writer and activist w.e.b dubois. However, his education wasn’t a straight nor easy road during much of his life, he was unable to attend school because he had to work on the family’s farm and it wasn’t until he was 20 years old that he entered douglas high school in huntington west virginia. According to the naacp, primarily self taught until that point, woodson earned his diploma in less than two years over the years, woodson authored several books, including a century of negro migration, the history of the negro church and the negro in our history.
A firm believer that black americans should be proud of their heritage. The naacp reported woodson also believed that pride would enable all americans to understand the contributions african americans made to society in 1915 woodson and his friend established the association for the study of negro life in history later to be renamed. The association for the study of african american life in history, the association created the journal of negro history in 1916, which published quarterly and gave black scholars the opportunity to have their original scholarly articles published 11 years later in 1926, woodson launched an annual observance called negro History week, according to the doctor, dr carter g woodson african american museum february was selected for the observance because it included the birth of former president abraham lincoln, who was born on the 12th and frederick douglass, whose accepted birth was on the 14th. According to the library of congress, woodson also founded the negro history bulletin later titled, the black history bulletin in 1937., it gave teachers background on negro history week in an effort that students would have access to more well informed lessons and educational programming. He acknowledged that the achievements of black citizens were obscured and unsung and called it most appropriate that americans dedicate a week to recognizing those contributions. Emphasis on these achievements in our schools and colleges and in daily community lives place in a timely perspective. The benefits of working together as brothers and sisters, regardless of race, religion or national origin for the general well being of all our society.
In 1976, he issued another message urging americans to take part in black history month. He explained that freedom and recognition of the individual rights was a key theme of the american revolution. Negro history week became black history month in 1976, after the asnh made the official shift, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the first negro history week. In 1986, congress passed a law designating february to be national black history month. Former president bill clinton issued a proclamation in 1996 which titled the annual observance national african american history month. Woodson is often referred to as the father of black history. I have included some slides here just for you to get familiar with who carter g woodson was and see some of the contributions that he made to our society as a black people. Thank you again for clicking on the video again. Please don’t forget to smash the thumbs up for me and if you have enjoyed the commentary, go ahead and hit that subscribe button again, it is free. Thank you and have a wonderful day.