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History of Black History Month

The man who started black history celebrations

Carter Godwin Woodson Black History Month founder portrait

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Portrait of American historian and educator Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), circa 1910.

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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