Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora, including African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Woodson has been called the “father of black history”.In February 1926 he launched the celebration of “Negro History Week”, the precursor of Black History Month.
• Historian, author, and journalist.
• In 1903, he earned a B.L. degree from Berea College. In 1908, he earned an M.A. in History from University of Chicago. In 1912, he earned his doctorate in History from Harvard University.
• Co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (later known as the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915.
• Authored The Miss-Education of the Negro in 1933, one of the most important books of the 20th century. • Established The Journal of Negro History in 1915.
• Launched the celebration of “Negro History Week” in 1926, eventually expanded and renamed Black History Month.