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University of Chicago celebrates African-American heritage and history

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson
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PDF: Calendar of events during African-American Heritage Month

Notable African-American Alumni

“University of Chicago celebrates African-American heritage and history”
NY Daily News

Feb. 2, 2006

The man known as the “Father of Black History Month” is University of Chicago alumnus Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The son of former slaves, Woodson received both his A.B. and A.M. degrees in History in 1908 and later went on to a distinguished career as a Professor at Howard University.

Woodson fought aggressively during the 1920s to have a national celebration of the contributions of African Americans, and in February of 1926, Negro History Week was born. Woodson selected the second week of February for the celebration because it fell between the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It wasn’t until 1976, after the civil rights movement of the 1960s, that Black History Week was expanded into Black History Month. Today, Black History Month is an annual celebration of African-American history.

At the University of Chicago, the month will be marked by several events, including a panel discussion on the history of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, cultural outings, a breakfast in the honor of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, a cultural appreciation dinner and a keynote address by the Hon. Ann Claire Williams, Seventh Circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals.

For more information, please see the African-American Heritage Month calendar of events.
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