Known as “the Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson was a scholar, author, educator and journalist who dedicated his life to documenting and promoting stories of the African-American experience. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University and went on to serve as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. In 1926, he founded “Negro History Week,” a celebration of African-American achievement that eventually went on to become Black History Month. The historic site preserves the residence where Woodson spent the last 28 years of his life, as well as the headquarters for the organization he founded to promote scholarly work in African-American history, which continues today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

A Passion for Education

Carter G. Woodson rose from humble beginnings to become the second African-American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to receive a PhD from Harvard University. Photo courtesy of ASALH.

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