As if to emulate the pride and determination of his race, black American Carter G. Woodson rose from the poor backwoods of Virginia to become world-renowned as the “Father of Black History.” Following high school, Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University of Chicago, and even the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Woodson finished his Ph.D. in history at Harvard University in 1912 and spent the rest of his life teaching and writing many detailed books about black history. His most famous volume is The Negro in Our History, which many scholars consider one of the finest full-length works on black history. In 1926, Woodson founded Negro History Week, which in the 1970’s was popularized as Black History Week, an annual observance during the first half of February, which coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the great black leader Frederick Douglass.
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