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Woodson Black History Month

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week, which was to raise awareness to the contributions of people of African descent made to world history. It was observed in black schools, churches and YMCAs around the country. But over the decades, Woodson's idea has blossomed into a celebration of African-American culture that became Black History Month in 1976 to coincide with the nation's bicentennial. Black history month is now being celebrated by diverse communities in the United States and throughout the world.

Woodson believed that historians had whitewashed the contributions blacks have made to the world. His idea was that Negro History Week and, later, Black History Month -- would revise what we know about the world we live in advocating similar arguments that proponents of African-centered education say today. Click here to read more about Carter G. Woodson

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With the world's attention rightly on the devastation in Haiti, the people of Haiti, and the poverty in Haiti, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday we provide King in his own words, in an economic message about poverty, wealth, and the next phase of the civil rights movement...

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Now, in order to answer the question, "Where do we go from here?" which is our theme, we must first honestly recognize where we are now. When the Constitution was written, a strange formula to determine taxes and representation declared that the Negro was 60 percent of a person. CONTINUE

Howard University Black Education - Why Celebrate Black History Month? by Pamela Hamilton

Dr. Carter G. Woodson saw that black education was riddled with voids. Woodson is the Father of Black History Month and the second African American to receive his PhD from Harvard University. By 1915, he took upon himself the task of filling those voids of knowledge that black people lacked about themselves.

In 1926, Woodson established an annual week-long celebration of black history, then known as Negro History Week. The week he chose in February fell on the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, men whom we have learned to associate with the ending of slavery. In 1976, this week of celebrating black history was expanded to the entire month of February. We celebrate black history month in February because Woodson, son of a former slave, chose that month, not because it is the shortest month in the year. CONTINUE

Carter G Woodson Black History Month Still Relevant In 2010

The history of African American struggle in America continues to be important to teach not just for one month of the year but throughout the year. History is relevant and provides context to contemporary issues, problems and concerns in the African American community. Whether the issue is policing, poverty which leads to crime, education opportunities, or employment opportunities. History is relevant and provides context to contemporary issues, problems and concerns in the African American community. Whether the issue is policing, poverty which leads to crime, education opportunities, or employment opportunities.

Celebrating black history as we have previously stated certainly should not end with the first African American President. The cultural traditions and struggle of the people of African American descent must continue to be learned. CONTINUE

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