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Woodson, Carter G. (1875–1950)
Pero G. Dagbovie
During the first half of the 20th century, Carter Godwin Woodson, “The Father of Black History,” laid the foundation for the rigorous study and popularization of African American history. A committed educational reformer and forerunner of the interwar Intercultural Educational Movement, Woodson was the central figure in the early African American history movement that lasted from the founding of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1915 until his's death in 1950. Not only was Woodson a prolific scholar, but he also systematically democratized, popularized, and legitimized the study of African American history in U.S. educational institutions and popular culture during the era of Jim Crow segregation. Before his sudden death on April 3, 1950, Woodson accomplished a great deal and wore many different hats. He served as a high school teacher and college professor; he earned a doctoral degree in history from Harvard; he ...