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Cahoon Elementary (grades K-5) and Van Buren Middle School (grades 6-8) were brought together under the guidance of Principal Ovett Wilson at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. For the 2018-2019 school year, the site was renamed Carter G Woodson PK-8, and expanded to include Pre-Kindergarten classes.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875 - 1950) was an author, historian, editor, and educator whose work led him to be known as "The Father of Modern Black History." The child of impoverished former slaves, Woodson was usually tasked with working on the family farm or the local coal mines to help support his family instead of going to school. However, he was tutored in reading and math at an early age by his mother and two uncles.
Woodson was largely self-taught until early adulthood. Then in 1894, Woodson began high school, and completed the four-year program in two years. In 1896 he began classes at Berea College in Kentucky. His time at Berea was interrupted as he served a brief stint as principal at his former high school, but he completed his course and graduated in 1903.
After graduation Woodson traveled, taught, and continued his education. He spent years teaching and researching in the Philippines, Egypt, and Europe while learning to speak French and Spanish fluently. Woodson earning his bachelor of arts degree in 1907 and his master of arts degree in 1908 from the University of Chicago. He then taught high school in Washington, D.C., while pursuing additional graduate studies at Harvard University. In 1912, Woodson became only the second African American man in the United States to receive a doctorate in history.
Woodson devoted his life to bringing the achievements of black people to the world's attention. In 1915, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, or ASALH). In 1916, the association began publishing~The Journal of Negro History~(now~The Journal of African American History), which provided an outlet for publishing stories on the black experience.
Throughout his life, Woodson wrote more than a dozen books and numerous articles on the black experience on the topics of slavery, abolitionism, the education of blacks before the Civil War, black migration after the Civil War, African and black American crafts and folklore, and relations between black Americans and Native Americans. In 1926, Woodson helped establish the annual observance of Negro History Week, which expanded to become Black History Month in the 1970s.
Woodson’s efforts to promote black history were based on his conviction that a knowledge of history can significantly change society. Until Woodson came to prominence, professional historians largely ignored or distorted the achievements of blacks. Schoolchildren were not taught about African American patriots, inventors, statesmen, writers, and others who had contributed to the United States and the world. Woodson worked to incorporate African American history into the schools at a time when the rights of African Americans were being denied within American society. Today, African American history is studied not just in February but throughout the year because of his work.
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