Carter G. Woodson, Black Historian Extraordinaire

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”

“Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educators: ‘that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.”

 

“It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do.”

“Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better,”

Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), the author of more than 16 books and the founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin, was the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Quotes taken from his book The Mis-Education of the Negro

For children about six to 10 (or older, I thoroughly enjoyed it), you simply must read the McKissack’s engaging biography, Carter G. Woodson, The Father of Black History

 

 

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