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Carter G. Woodson, the son of slaves was self-educated until the age of 20 when he was able to attend and complete high school in two years. He went on to the University of Chicago where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree and was the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University.

Woodson was inspired to study black history in 1915 after attending a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the end of slavery. While in Chicago for the celebration Woodson and four others created the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). The following year, the ASNLH began publication of the Journal of Negro History. In 1926 he began to promote “Negro History Week”, held the second week of February because both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass birthdays fall during that week (the 12th and 14th respectively).


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