After leaving Howard University because of differences with its president, Woodson devoted the rest of his life to historical research. He worked to preserve the history of African Americans and accumulated a collection of thousands of artifacts and publications. He noted that African-American contributions “were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them.” Race prejudice, he concluded, “is merely the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind.”
In 1926, Woodson pioneered the celebration of “Negro History Week”, designated for the second week in February, to coincide with marking the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The week of recognition became accepted and has been extended as the full month of February, now known as Black History Month.
it always pained me that so many black people think that black history month is in february as a result of some plot by racist whites to just give us the shortest month of the year. that’s not why black history month is in february and every black person who believes that belittles the great work of carter g woodson.
educate yourself my people.
black history month is right around the corner. let’s get the education started now. respect carter g woodson’s work people. know and respect him.
“If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race. Such an effort would upset the program of the oppressor in Africa and America. Play up before the Negro, then, his crimes and shortcomings. Let him learn to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton. Lead the Negro to detest the man of African blood–to hate himself.” ― Carter G. Woodson
“What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” ― Carter G. Woodson
“The present system under the control of the whites trains the Negro to be white and at the same time convinces him of the impropriety or the impossibility of his becoming white… the Negros will have no outlet but to go down a blind alley, if the sort of education which they are now receiving is to enable them to find the way out of their present difficulties.” ― Carter G. Woodson
“THE “educated Negroes” have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own as well as in their mixed schools Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton and to despise the African. Of the hundreds of Negro high schools recently examined by an expert in the United States Bureau of Education only eighteen offer a course taking up the history of the Negro,” ― Carter G. Woodson
“If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.” ― Carter G. Woodson
make no mistake that it’s criminal that we are not taught about this great man in school and for the majority of you, this post is the very first time you’ve heard of him or the origins of “black history month.” that is why he wrote a book called “the mis-education of the negro.” get that shit. it will literally cost you a dollar to get this book. get it now.
one more time for ppl who were in the bathroom the first time.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS NOT (!!!NOT!!!) IN FEBRUARY BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE WANTED TO GIVE US THE SHORTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR!! CARTER G WOODSON PUT IT IN FEBRUARY BECAUSE LINCOLN’S AND DOUGLASS’ BIRTHDAYS ARE IN FEBRUARY!!! THERE WAS A PURPOSE BEHIND THAT CHOICE!!!