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A story like Jack and Rose,
A kiss like Spiderman and Mary Jane,
A friendship like Ron and Hermione,
A dance like Troy and Gabriella,
A strength like Edward and Bella,
A secret like Romeo and Juliet,
And an end like Noah and Allie
Dr. Woodson was born December 19, 1875, the son of former enslaved Africans, James and Eliza Riddle Woodson. His father helped Union soldiers during the Civil War, and he moved his family to West Virginia when he heard that Huntington was building a high school for blacks.
Dr. Woodson graduated from Douglas High School in Huntington in 1897 and went on to be the second African American in history to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University (after W.E.B. DuBois), and a Professor & Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Howard University.
Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and established Negro History Week, now called the “Association for the Study of African American Life and History” and “Black History Month” respectively.
Dr. Woodson on the need for Black History Month:
“(African-American contributions) were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them.“
“(Race prejudice) is merely the logical result of tradition, the inevitable outcome of thorough instruction to the effect that the Negro has never contributed anything to the progress of mankind."