A Tribute to Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). (A Salute to Black History Month)

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A Tribute to Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). (A Salute to Black History Month)


Conyers, James L., Jr., Black Issues in Higher Education


Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson is one of the most important but largely overlooked figures in American history. He challenged conventional wisdom, questioned authority and sought equity. As a result of Woodson's scholarly contributions and activism, Negro History Week was established in 1926 and 50 years later became the month-long commemoration we observe today.

Woodson's scholarship prompted the development of African American studies departments and was the precursor to the civil rights and Black power and Black arts movements.

He recognized that the preservation, recovery and writing of historical Black documents would advance the movement to focus on the African experience.

Woodson's scholarship went beyond the boundaries of conventional historical research and writing. He sought to examine primary documents, but also addressed the influence of culture, interpreting data and sources. His pursuit of examining African culture addressed retention of history, mythology, ethos and motif.

Woodson understood and shed light on the importance of collaborating and building connections. Through the establishment of the Journal of Negro History (1916) and the Negro History Bulletin (1937), Woodson became involved in the development of a scholars group who expressed commitment to the field and function of African American history.

Woodson's approach to the study of African American history and his analysis of the African past was critical. We must keep in mind the era in which he pursued his career. His scholarship was limited by several factors: Jim Crow laws, segregation, availability of funding opportunities and even the use of manual typewriters to prepare manuscripts and documents. Yet he published more than 100 scholarly book reviews. Cited as the first African American of direct enslaved parentage to earn a doctorate in the United States, Woodson became the second African American to be awarded a doctorate in history from Harvard University. …

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