Carter G. Woodson

Barbara J. Feldman

Despite his humble beginnings, historian Carter G. Woodson (1875 – 1950), the son of slaves, earned a PhD. from Harvard. He is known as the father of Black History Month and for his scholarly work promoting the accomplishments of African Americans.

  • ASALH: The Origins of Black History Month5 stars

    "The 1960s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. The shift to a month-long celebration began even before Dr. Woodson death. As early as 1940s, blacks in West Virginia, a state where Woodson often spoke, began to celebrate February as Negro History Month." This one-page history tells the story of how and why Dr. Woodson formed the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History as well as the annual Negro History Week.

  • Biography: Carter G. Woodson4 stars

    "One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard, Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. He also wrote many historical works, including the 1933 book The Mis-Education of the Negro." Visit for a short video biography of Dr. Woodson as well as a two-page article about his life and accomplishments.

  • Goodreads: Carter G. Woodson Quotes4 stars

    "The mere imparting of information is not education." Goodreads is a book sharing site (now owned by Amazon.com) that allows readers to submit and vote on their favorite book quotes. Most quotes include a source (something frequently missing from online quote collections) and can be voted up with a like button. In addition to exploring the quotes by book, you can also traverse via tags such as bravery, courage or action.

  • Library of Congress: The Burgeoning Cause 1920-19305 stars

    "The effort to preserve and publicize the historical heritage of black Americans was the mission of Carter G. Woodson, who called his beloved black history crusade 'the cause.' Woodson successfully launched a bold campaign of public education and advocacy on the one hand and research and publication to gain scholarly acceptance of the history of African peoples on the other." This excellent Library of Congress article is a must read for high-school students writing a school report and grownups wanting more insight into Dr. Woodson's work for the advancement of blacks.

  • NAACP History: Carter G. Woodson4 stars

    "During his lifetime, Dr. Woodson developed an important philosophy of history. History, he insisted, was not the mere gathering of facts. The object of historical study is to arrive at a reasonable interpretation of the facts." The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) brings us a biography that explores Dr. Woodson's aspirations for how the study of Black history could bring pride and equality to African Americans.

  • Honorable Mentions

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Carter G. Woodson." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 4 Feb. 2014. Web. 18 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/carter-g-woodson/ >.


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