Friday, February 04, 2011

Who is the 'Father of Black History'?

 Who is the 'Father of Black History'? - Chicago Sun-Times

In all this stuff about snow I wanted to note that it's Black history month already. So the only thing going on isn't merely the city elections here in Chicago:
Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) is known as the “Father of Black History.” The native of Virginia struggled for an education, but became a high school teacher and later a professor at Howard University. He earned a degree from the University of Chicago in 1907 and a doctorate from Harvard in 1912.

In 1915, he convened a conference in Chicago that led to the creation of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

He founded the Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he worked to establish a Negro History in February, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Sources: Metro Chicago Almanac and Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
Since I have allowed myself to get fixated on this article and the snow, think it's time to find what else the Sun-Times have to offer on this subject.

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