- Name: Carter G. Woodson
- Born: 12/19/1875
- Died: 04/03/1950 (74 years old)
- Occupation: Historian, author, journalist
- Known for: Dean of Howard University;, Association for the Study of Negro Life and History;, Negro History Week;, The Journal of Negro History, Academic Dean of West Virginia Collegiate Institute, now West Virginia State University(1920–1922)
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.
Birth Name: Carter Godwin Woodson
Alias: Carter Godwin Woodson
Birth Place: New Canton, Virginia, U.S.
Death Place: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Carter G. Woodson quotes :
The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.Carter G. Woodson
In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.Carter G. Woodson
Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits.Carter G. Woodson
As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.Carter G. Woodson
This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.Carter G. Woodson
The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.Carter G. Woodson
If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.Carter G. Woodson
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.Carter G. Woodson
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.Carter G. Woodson
And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.Carter G. Woodson