Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson, a brilliant black educator, historian, and author, is the founder of the idea of setting aside a period of time in February specifically for the study of black history.

He set aside Negro History Week in 1926. He chose February because February is the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and the month Frederick Douglass had chosen for his birthday (the 14th).

He developed his views on the value of teaching black children their cultural heritage when he was teaching Filipino children in the Philippines. The curriculum he was handed for those children was very Eurocentric, which is fine for European children, but kind of weird for Filipino kids in the Philippines.

The children had a reputation among the other American teachers for being stubborn, unteachable, and not generally very bright. Dr. Woodson made some changes to his materials, including Philippine history and heroes, folksongs (or, sometimes, simply changing the oak tree in a song to a mango tree), and the kids really blossomed under his tutelage.

I love that story.

He returned home and began to delve into black history, essentially establishing the discipline of black historiography. He published many books, a black history bulletin for teachers, and was well respected in the field of history. The more I read about him, the more impressed I am.

This is good book to begin with:



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  1. Frances
    Posted February 4, 2021 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    The book link seems to be missing.

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