We Conclude Black History Month With Dr. Woodson

An Essential Part of American History

February 28, 2020
Dr. Woodson

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In just two days, we will come to the conclusion of the 44th year of celebrating Black History Month. This historical celebration began back in 1924 after Dr.Carter G. Woodson believed that African Americans were not being taught enough about the history and accomplishments of their ancestors.

Dr. Woodson turned to his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, to assist him in getting the message of ‘Negro History Week’ out, spreading the cultural history and literature for a week in February of 1924. Dr. Woodson chose February because of the birthdays of both Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Education Institutions and organizations across the United States acknoleged Dr. Woodson’s initiative. However, he faced a hard time finding course materials and building a curriculum. This inclined Dr. Woodson to believe that a week of celebration was simply not enough to recognize the achievements of the ancestors who contributed so much. In the early 1940s, Dr. Woodson began his efforts to expand Negro History Week to a Black History Month.

On April 3rd, 1950 Dr. Carter G. Woodson, died of a heart attack. With Black history still being prominent in the community, and civil rights and The Black Panthers coming to light in the 1960s, more people began to agree with the notion that Negro History Week should be expanded. On the 50th anniversary of the celebrated week, the Association for the Study of African American History would officially shift the week of celebration, to a month, giving February as we know today, Black History Month.


From everyone at V-103 we would like to wish everyone a happy Black History month as we conclude the 44th year of celebration!


Notable African Americans in no order:

  • Hank Aaron
  • Ira Aldridge
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Richard Allen
  • Marian Anderson
  • Maya Angelou
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Crispus Attucks
  • James Baldwin
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Amiri Baraka
  • Romare Bearden
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Guion Bluford
  • Arna Bontemps
  • Edward W. Brooke
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Blanche K. Bruce
  • Ralph Bunche
  • George Washington Carver
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Bill Cosby
  • Kenneth B. Clark
  • John Henrik Clarke
  • John Coltrane
  • Alexander Crummell
  • Countee Cullen
  • Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
  • Martin R. Delany
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Charles Drew
  • W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Katherine Dunham
  • Duke Ellington
  • James Forten
  • John Hope Franklin
  • Henry Highland Garnet
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Prince Hall
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Dorothy Height
  • Matthew Henson
  • Charles Hamilton Houston
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Mae Jemison
  • Jack Johnson
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • John H. Johnson
  • Percy Julian
  • Ernest Just
  • Maulana Karenga
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Edmonia Lewis
  • Alain Locke
  • Joe Louis
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Benjamin E. Mays
  • Elijah McCoy
  • Claude McKay
  • Oscar Micheaux
  • Dorie Miller
  • Garrett Morgan
  • Toni Morrison
  • Elijah Muhammad
  • Jesse Owens
  • Rosa Parks
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Colin Powell
  • A. Philip Randolph
  • Hiram Revels
  • Paul Robeson
  • Jackie Robinson
  • John Russwurm
  • Arturo Schomburg
  • Benjamin "Pop" Singleton
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • William Monroe Trotter
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Kwame Ture
  • Henry McNeal Turner
  • Nat Turner
  • David Walker
  • Madame C. J. Walker
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Walter F. White
  • Roy Wilkins
  • Daniel Hale Williams
  • August Wilson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tiger Woods
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • Richard Wright
  • Malcolm X

List Cited from Wikipedia