Dr. Woodson was an African-American scholar born to former slaves in 1875. Because he spent much of his youth helping his family by working in farming and mining, Woodson mostly taught himself. He ended up entering high school at the age of 20, and received his diploma in two years. He went on to pursue a career in teaching, and was eventually promoted to principal; eventually, Carter relocated to the Philippines to serve as a school supervisor. Carter earned his master's degree from the University of Chicago and became the second African-American ever to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. Douglass was an African American statesman, abolitionist and social reformer.
"This is a focused time that African Americans, minorities, the poor, and all Americans can use to navigate for the future". These tools are particularly helpful for students in African-American studies classes or those who want to learn more about African-American history.
In February of 1976, President Gerald Ford encouraged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history".
The Commission on Ethnic Diversity is kicking off Black History Month with the grand opening of the "Flagstaff: South of the Tracks" exhibit on display at the Northern Arizona University International Pavilion. Woodson believed that racism could be overcome and was "merely the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind".
The month-long celebration begins Wednesday (Jan. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.) at Victoria City Hall, where attendees will be introduced to local Black Canadians - True Role Models - who are making a difference, particularly for young people in their communities.
The NAACP St. Mary's County chapter is hosting several events in honor of Black History Month, including a one-woman show at the Lexington Park Library that will feature the story of Harriet Tubman.