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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Black Inventors

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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Afro-Latinx Contributions

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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!!

Check This Out

Special thanks to our Wooten volunteer, Sandra Rivera, for taking the time to create this beautiful and informative slideshow of Black History Figures. Click below to view full images.

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But wait... there's more!! Special thanks to our Wooten volunteer, Alana Campbell, for creating a YouTube playlist, "Move to Action: A Civil Rights Playlist," on our YouTube channel. Click here to access the playlist.

Be Part of Our Blog!!

Be a part of the conversation.  Share facts, stories, artwork, songs, and more about Black History.  Special thanks to our Wooten program administrator, Ms. Maria, for putting together our interactive blog.  It is open to everyone for viewing and posting.

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Resources

Books

  • 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

Short Films

Movies

  • Hidden Figures (2017), rated PG

  • Selma (2014), rated PG-13

  • Black Panther (2018), rated PG-13

Webpages

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