A mural of Carter Woodson in the 1600 block of 9th St NW in DC

A mural of Carter Woodson in the 1600 block of 9th St NW in DC

Carter G. Woodson is known as the “Father of Black History,” in large part for founding Negro History Week in 1926 while living in D.C. In 1976, it was extended to the month-long observation of Black History Month, which has international reach and resonance each February. We discuss Woodson’s local connections, his reasons for founding this movement and why it still resonates today.


  • Maurice Jackson Professor of History, Georgetown University; author of "Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism" (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Sylvia Cyrus Executive Director, Association for the Study of African American Life and History

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