It’s February. Black History Month!
For obvious reasons we love this month. But for even more obvious reasons, we feel no reason to limit the knowledge, research, and celebration of Black history to one month. So we prefer to think of this month as an opportunity to engage new lifelong Black history learners in both education and celebration.
Here’s a good place to start: Learn about Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Oftentimes referred to as the “father of Black history,” Dr. Woodson was a historian, journalist, and published author. Born in Virginia in 1875 to formerly enslaved parents, Woodson highly valued the education that he was not always able to receive through traditional means. Through age 17, he relied on self-instruction. By 1912, he completed his PhD in history at Harvard University. Dr. Woodson was then committed to the research and acknowledgement of the largely overlooked and neglected history of African Americans.
Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in 1915. The mission of ASALH is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.
Learn more about Dr. Woodson and ASALH on their website: http://asalh.org/