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Celebrating Black History :: Carter G. Woodson :: Negro History week is observed for the first time in 1926.

February 7, 2017

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Negro History week originated by Carter G.Woodson is observed for the first time in 1926.

 

Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1915, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history. In February 1926 he launched the celebration of "Negro History Week"; it was the precursor of Black History Month.

 

Carter G. Woodson was born in Buckingham County, Virginia on December 19, 1875, the son of former slaves, James and E