Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was born in New Canton, Virginia, the son of former slaves Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson. His parents were both illiterate and his father, who had helped the Union soldiers during the Civil War, supported the family as a carpenter and farmer. His parents told him that it was the happiest day of their lives when they became free.
From his humble beginnings, Carter G. Woodson grew to become an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora, including African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Carter G.Woodson has been called the “father of black history”. In February 1926 he launched the celebration of “Negro History Week”, the precursor of Black History Month.
Throughout history there has been a conscious effort to erase and/or omit black history in America. Let us all recognize and honour “Carter G. Woodson“ for his vision, courage and dedication to creating a Black History Month.