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Black History Month

I hope to mark Black History Month with a post a day.

Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) began in 1926 as Negro History Week – the second week in February. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Harvard Ph.D. and the son of former slaves, was dismayed that blacks were not represented in the history books he studied. Woodson established The Association of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). The Association was dedicated to writing black people into history; the second week in February was chosen for Negro History Week because that week marked the births of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Woodson’s best known book is The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933.

“When you control a man’s (sic) thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.”

Some say “Why Black History Month?” I say, why not?

Stay tuned.

Some sites to visit:

Black History at history.com

African American History Timeline

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