Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History

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

Pero daglo Dagbovie has a 280 something page book or resource online here, Willing to SAcrifice.  I am struggling with reading long text online, so I am not sure how engaging it is for the average reader.  The author wrote Carter G. Woodson in Washington, D.C., which is on Kindle. They may be essentially the same work.  If you have unlimited, it’s one of the books you can read with your subscription.  I am enjoying 90% of it, with some frustration over long breaks for long lists of names with no context (probably I should know them, but I don’t), or for details that are just data (the size of a signboard he put up to advertise the publishing arm of his organization).  It is partially a biography of the man, and partially a biography of his house and the movement housed in his home. You could read the first half for just the biography of the man.

Carter Woodson, Web Dubois, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and Kelly Miller are all important black scholars, writers, and/or teachers to read about.  THey were to some degree contemporary with each other, in that their time periods overlapped, although Booker T. Washington was almost a generation ahead of the others, and died before any of them.  It’s important to read them for several reasons, but one that interests me is how much they disagreed with each other at different times.  They mostly had the same goals, but very different ideas about how to read them.

One of my favourite stories of Woodson is one I can find the least about.  He went to the Philippines to teach for a few years, and it was there he really began to solidify his ideas about the importance of learning the history of your country and culture. He was apparently very popular and quite successful with his Filipino students because he adjusted the curriculum to meet their needs and he returned to the U.s. because of illness. I’d love to know more about his time in the Philippines.

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