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Who is the 'Father of Black History'?

Editor’s note: This is part of our series of Black History Month highlights of prominent African Americans and important events.

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

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