Black History Month
The Father of Black History
Carter Godwin Woodson
(Dec 19, 1875 - Apr 3, 1950)
Known as the Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson is mainly responsible for the founding of Black History Month. He chose February because of the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the Black American population, Frederick Douglas (Feb 14) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12).
As a son of former slaves, Woodson worked in coal mines and quarries (open-pit mine). Despite his humble beginnings, he taught himself the fundamentals of English and arithmetic, and achieved his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Chicago (1907) and his PhD from Harvard University (1912). Woodson helped establish the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
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Take a look at some of these great inventions you probably use or have used that were developed by Black inventors. Such inventions include telephones, air conditioning unit, Super Soaker, GIFs, and more!!
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The contributions Afro-Latinx peoples have made to U.S. history tend to get overlooked. Click here to learn more about what it means to identify as an Afro-Latinx individual.
Click here to learn about a few Afro-Latinx individuals and their influences to society. Such contributions include within the performing arts, news media, research, and more!!
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Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz
Voices from the Ancestors by Lara Medina and Martha R. Gonzales
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
Hermanito by Dr. Khalid White and Isela Garcia White
Canvas (2020) written and directed by filmmaker Frank E. Abney III.
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Hidden Figures (2017), rated PG
Selma (2014), rated PG-13
Black Panther (2018), rated PG-13