Dr. Carter G. Woodson was a historian, author and a journalist. He is known as the Father of Black History. The month of February was selected because the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas fell in this month. Dr. Woodson understood the importance of education, history and knowledge. He said, “ Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” He strongly believed Black History provided a firm foundation for young blacks to build on to become productive citizens.
Dr. Woodson’s work has left a permanent mark in the African – American culture. His work has insured the history of African – Americans will never be forgotten. Dr. Woodson also said, “ No man knows what he can do until he tries.”