Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History”. He was born on December 19th, 1875, in New Canton, Virginia to former slaves Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson.
Woodson was not able to attend school as a young child but through self-teaching he exceeded in all subjects. At the age of 17, Woodson moved to Huntington, West Virginia. Three years later he started Douglass High School as a full-time student and graduated in 1897. He became a teacher at a school in Winona, West Virginia and later selected to become the principal of Douglas High School. He achieved great success and furthered that success by becoming the second African American to graduate from Harvard University with a doctorate degree and becoming a member of the first Black professional fraternity Sigma Pi Phi and a member of Omega Psi Phi.
After getting a doctoral degree, he continued teaching in public schools, as no university was willing to hire him. Eventually he became the principal of the all-Black Armstrong Manual Training School in Washington D.C. He later became a faculty member at Howard as a professor and then served as a dean to the colleges Art and Sciences department.
What a magnificent journey through oppression, trials, and tribulations. Having gone through many adversaries he still prevailed and was determined to succeed. Today we highlight his industrious nature, courage, strength, and tenacity! Thank you for founding Black History Month Sir.