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December 16

DAF BOD Monthly Mtg, Rm 151

10:00 am

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December 17

Carter G. Woodson Birthday Commemoration

2:00 pm

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December 18

Stuffing of Care Packages/Scholarship & Recognitions Cmte

12:00 pm

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the Father of Black History, was a noted historian and the second African-American to earn a doctoral degree from Harvard University.

While completing his dissertation at the Library of Congress, he taught at the M Street School in Washington, D.C. After earning his doctoral degree, he continued teaching in public schools. Dr. Woodson founded the Journal of Negro History in 1916. He also promoted organized study of African American history. It was his belief that education and increased social and professional interactions between blacks and whites could reduce racism.

In 1926, Dr. Woodson, collaborating with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, launched the first Negro History Week at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Washington DC. At that time, only four other states participated. That same year, he also received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Spingarn Medal. By 1929, Negro History Week was celebrated nationwide in those states with a sizable black population. Subsequently, in 1976, Negro History Week became Black History Month and was celebrated nationwide. Dr. Woodson earned the nickname “The Father of Black History”.

In recent years, Dr. Woodson continues to be celebrated. In 1984, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamp honoring Dr. Woodson. Also, Monique Carey, a 12th grade Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student, created a poster of Dr. Woodson for the 2014 DAF Legacy Project. This poster is on display during special events. Lastly, in 2015, the National Park Service dedicated the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park, located between 9 th Street, Q Street, and Rhode Island Avenue, NW in his honor and declared his family home, 1538 9 th Street, NW, a National Historic Site. The park houses a bronze cast sculpture by Raymond Kaskey.