In 1926, educator Carter G. Woodson--often called the father of black history--organized Negro History Week to recognize the accomplishments of blacks in history, the arts and sciences, business and all other facets of American life. The event became Black History Month in 1976.
Is this celebration still timely, or is it one that has outlived its usefulness? MARY REESE BOYKIN spoke with an advocate of the celebration.
President, Our Authors Study Club
Because so much of black history was never recorded, presented or published, Carter G. Woodson decided, in 1926, that the only way for our history to gain recognition was to establish a celebration. Even today, the achievements of blacks are not given the same level of acknowledgment and prominence as those of whites.
Our Authors' Study Club was founded by Vassie Davis Wright on Feb. 14, 1945. In 1947, the club became incorporated and chartered by the Assn. for the Study of African American Life and History, a national organization started by Woodson in 1915. Our mission is to present and preserve black history.