Meet Carter G. Woodson, the Man Behind Black History Month

Meet Carter G. Woodson, the Man Behind Black History Month

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Carter G. Woodson was a teacher, a scholar, an author and “the father of black history.” Here is what you need to know about the founder of what we now know as Black History Month.    Born just ten years after the abolition of slavery, Woodson was the son of James and Eliza Riddle Woodson, who were former slaves. James had moved his family to West Virginia upon hearing that they were building a high school for black students.   As his family was large and poor, Woodson was not able to regularly attend school. Instead he taught himself much …