Carter G. Woodson, Berea, Ky. (1875-1950): Carter G. Woodson was an author, educator and human rights activist who is best known as the Father of National Black History Month. Dr. Woodson is a graduate of Berea College, which was founded in the 1800s by John G. Fee as an institute of higher learning for blacks and whites. Dr. Woodson later campaigned for Negro History Week as a way to instill pride in African Americans. He chose February because Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass both had birthdays during the month. Dr. Woodson's idea became popular and was expanded to include the entire month of February, which is now officially recognized as the United States Black History Month.
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