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Prime Time Focus

History of Black History Month

The man who started black history celebrations

Carter Godwin Woodson Black History Month founder portrait

Portrait of American historian and educator Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), circa 1910. — Hulton Archive/Getty Images


The son of slaves, and a well-read Renaissance man, Carter G. Woodson, who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, wanted all African Americans to know their history. Here’s his story.


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