J. PHARAOH DOSS

J. PHARAOH DOSS

History is written by the victors.

If that’s true, then who writes Black history, victors or victims?

In 1926 Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week because Black contributions to civilization were suppressed by textbook authors.  Woodson believed White students, developed racial prejudice from this omission and Black students developed an inferiority complex.

In 1976 Negro History Week was expanded into Black history month and Carter G. Woodson is considered the “father of Black history”.

But during Carter G. Woodson’s career, he was ostracized for his scholarship.

Woodson believed education alongside social and professional interaction would reduce racism and he wanted to turn Black history into an academic discipline to advance that cause.

But Woodson’s contemporaries rejected his insistence on defining Black history as its own entity.  These educators believed Negroes were American with no history apart from “American History”, and they blocked all of Woodson’s efforts to get Black history into school curriculums.  Woodson’s views were also rejected by historically Black colleges.

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