December 19, 1875 – Carter Godwin Woodson
Dr. Carter G. Woodson was born to slaves on December 19, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. Woodson began “Negro History Week” the forerunner to Black History Month. He was a noted, historian, journalist, author and the founder of The Association For the Study of Negro Life and History, currently known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. If you do not know your history, you may not know really appreciate the true value of your culture. Thanks to the man known as “The Father of Black History” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, African Americans are constantly learning their history and becoming more confident of who they are because of the study of their past. He died on April 3, 1950 in Washington, DC at age 74. Dr. Woodson is remembered as a historian, journalist, author and the “The Father of Black History”.