Carter Godwin Woodson lived from December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950, he was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
He completed his Ph.D. in history at Harvard University in 1912, where he was the second African-American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to earn a doctorate. Dr. Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.
In 1926, Woodson pioneered the celebration of “Negro History Week”, designated for the second week in February, to coincide with marking the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The week of recognition became accepted and has been extended as the full month of February, now known as Black History Month.