February Is Black History Month

January 26, 2021

Carter G. Woodson is known as the “Father of Black History.” Woodson was an historian, author, editor, and publisher. In 1926 he founded Negro History Week which was observed in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. Twenty-six years after his death in 1950, the commemoration of Black history was changed from a week to a month.

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished,” wrote Woodson, “lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”

Woodson insisted that the objective of history was not merely gathering facts, but was meant to arrive at a reasonable interpretation of the facts. His view of history included description of the social conditions of the period being studied.