Commonly referred to as the "Father of Black History", Woodson attended the University of Chicago, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees, and Harvard University, where he became the second black to receive a doctorate in history.
Woodson believed that you look back in order to look forward. It was his faith that "the achievements of the Negro properly set forth will crown him as a factor in early human progress and a maker of modern civilization." He said, "No other single thing has done so much to dramatize the achievement of persons of African blood." And we thank him for it.
Carter G. Woodson died at the age of 74 on April 3, 1950.