Carter G. Woodson is the Father of Black History Month. The Lord is so good that he placed it on Mr. Woodson’s heart to not only seek his people’s history and teach it to them, but to show them how to celebrate themselves. He began Black History day, which became Black History Day, which is now Black History Month.
He also went on to create a book, that I can always find myself referring back to, called “The Mis-education of the Negro.” In this book, he talked about what a real education is, how the Africans in America have been mislead deliberately by America’s so-called “education” an education that taught them how to hate themselves, to be ignorant of their past and future, that has taught them to seek validation and acceptance from others, that would never come, all the while ensuring that they were kept at the bottom. Even though the book was written in 1933, it has been a truth that has surpassed all generations and continues to speak of the present and the future.
He talked about why American history is taught without the mentioning of black inventors, Ancient African kingdoms, Queens and Kings and more. This book opened my eyes to the saying of “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” While the book of Willy Lynch is constantly referenced, debated on, and talked about; this is the book that will help to open eyes and build strong communities.
So I thank you Mr. Woodson for not believing the lies taught to you about your ancestors and taking it upon yourself to discover the truth and share it. I sincerely thank you so much.