Before Black History Month there was Black History Week. Black History Week was founded in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. With the help of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, the second week of February was named and celebrated “Negro History Week”. Negro History Week eventually became Black History Month in 1976.
Many of us jokingly question why they gave us the shortest month of the year. Well, according to the Woodson Museum.
Carter G. Woodson chose February as Black History Week because February 12th was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and February 14th was the accepted birthday of Frederick Douglass.
During Black History Month 2020 STL Black Biz will commemorate and celebrate the achievements of blacks from our past and present. Black History Month is chosen by some as the time to celebrate black achievement. STL Black Biz understands that black history continues 365 days a year.
So, let’s kick off Day #1 of Black History Month.
Carter G. Woodson was once a coal miner in the Fayette Cole fields. He did not attend enter Douglass High School until the age of 20, where he received his high school diploma in less than two years. Woodson eventually returned to Douglass School as its principle. He was also a school supervisor in the Philippines.
Carter G. Woodson was an activist, writer, social reformer and an educator. Mr. Woodson went on to become the second African – American (W.E.B. DuBois was the first) to graduate with his doctorate degree from Harvard University where he studied.
When developing the idea of Negro History Week Carter G. Woodson gained support from Omega Psi Phi. The Omega Psi Phi franternity assisted sharing the message of Black History Week. With the growing support of many, Carter G. Woodson’s idea of celebrating black achievement grew.
He wrote over 20 books and publications during his lifetime. Woodson is well known for authoring the “The Miseducation of the Negro” which is still being used in countless circles and educational curriculum.