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Why Carter G. Woodson Is the 'Father of Black History'?

Why Carter G. Woodson Is the 'Father of Black History'?

February is remembered as Black History Month and in the memory of Carter G. Woodson, and Google is starting it off by honoring Carter G. Woodson, frequently coined as the “Father of Black History,” with a Google Doodle.

Mr. Woodson was born in the year 1875 to former slaves and was the second African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, and became one of the first scholars of African-American history. Woodson died in the year 1950.

Illustrator and thinker Shannon Wright designed the Google Doodle in conjunction with the Black Googlers network

“Woodson was committed in bringing African-American history front and center and ensuring it was taught in schools and studied by other scholars across the globe,” Sherice Torres, Director of Brand Marketing at Google and member of the network protocol, explained in a post about the Google Doodle and its significance. Torres has quoted that Woodson served as her inspiration when she said she wanted to attend Harvard and was discouraged by people around her and she fought like a warrior.

Here’s What Else You Should Know About the Great Carter Woodson:

  • Woodson was not able to go to school for much of his childhood because he had to help his parents financially and economically. He ended up entering high school at the age of 20 which is very unusual at that age, and received his diploma in the next two years
  • After his high school, Woodson taught in West Virginia before earning his undergraduate degree at Berea College. He received the masters degree from the University of Chicago in 1908, and a doctorate from History from Harvard in 1912.
  • In between his teaching and receiving his masters from University of Chicago and doctorate, Woodson was a school supervisor in the Philippines(Manila).
  • Woodson has also founded “Negro History Week,” which preceded Black History Month.