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Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora, including African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Woodson has been called the "father of black history". In February 1926 he launched the celebration of "Negro History Week", the precursor of Black History Month.

Born in Virginia, the son of former slaves, Woodson had to put off schooling while he worked in the coal mines of West Virginia. He graduated from Berea College, and became a teacher and school administrator. He gained graduate degrees at the University of Chicago and in 1912 was the second African American, after W. E. B. Du Bois, to obtain a PhD degree from Harvard University. Woodson remains the only person whose parents were enslaved in the US to obtain a PhD. Most of Woodson's academic career was spent at Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C., where he eventually served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

quote by Carter G. Woodson: The strongest bank in the United States will last only so long as the people will have sufficient confidence in it to keep their money there. with background image: blue sky with stars during night time
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The strongest bank in the United States will last only so long as the people will have sufficient confidence in it to keep their money there.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: I am a radical. with background image: aerial photography of rock formation
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I am a radical.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Let us banish fear. with background image: 2 women standing on brown field during daytime
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Let us banish fear.

--Carter G. Woodson

Longer Version:

Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.


quote by Carter G. Woodson: And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race. with background image: purple flowers under cloudy sky
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And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Truth must be dug up from the past and presented to the circle of scholastics in scientific form and then through stories and dramatizations that will permeate our educational system. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

Truth must be dug up from the past and presented to the circle of scholastics in scientific form and then through stories and dramatizations that will permeate our educational system.

--Carter G. Woodson

quote by Carter G. Woodson: At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do. with background image: blue and white abstract painting
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At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Truth comes to us from the past, then, like gold washed down from the mountains. with background image: smiling couple
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Truth comes to us from the past, then, like gold washed down from the mountains.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice. with background image: tan wallpaper
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What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent. with background image: cute dog on street night scene wallpaper
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In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in the sphere of production to supply their proportion of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down to the graves of paupers. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in the sphere of production to supply their proportion of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down to the graves of paupers.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists. with background image: white and black soccer ball on grass field
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One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Our most widely known scholars have been trained in universities outside of the South. with background image: silver bell alarm clock
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Our most widely known scholars have been trained in universities outside of the South.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority. with background image: sunset
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Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own. with background image: plain background
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If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination. with background image: black labrador retriever in close up photography
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Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit. with background image: Arizona landscape
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I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.

--Carter G. Woodson

Longer Version:

I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a lawsuit. It would do the cause much good. Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.


quote by Carter G. Woodson: This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom. with background image: man on parachute near the mountain
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This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: The mere imparting of information is not education. with background image: black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime
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The mere imparting of information is not education.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits. with background image: pink and white light illustration
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Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. with background image: white petaled flower
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Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me. with background image: scenery of aurora
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I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: They still have some money, and they have needs to supply. They must begin immediately to pool their earnings and organize industries to participate in supplying social and economic demands. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

They still have some money, and they have needs to supply. They must begin immediately to pool their earnings and organize industries to participate in supplying social and economic demands.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere, and the present discrimination continues, there will be nothing left for them to do. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere, and the present discrimination continues, there will be nothing left for them to do.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just. with background image: iris flower blue wallpaper
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We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them. with background image: green leafed plant
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In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery. with background image: green leafed plants on forest
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If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people. with background image: blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface
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The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: The thought of' the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies. with background image: body of water during daytime
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The thought of' the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. with background image: selective focus photography of Labrador in vehicle
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If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. with background image: pink flower
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When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.

--Carter G. Woodson

Longer Version:

When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.


quote by Carter G. Woodson: If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. with background image: photo of author Carter G. Woodson with quote

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.

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quote by Carter G. Woodson: In fact, the confidence of the people is worth more than money. with background image: focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf
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In fact, the confidence of the people is worth more than money.

--Carter G. Woodson

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