Sep. 9, 2019
Part One The Association of Negro Life and History: September 9, 1913
Today is a very important day in the compilation of black historical experiences for every black American of African Descent in this nation. Because it was on this day 104 years ago today, September 9, 1915, that in the City of Chicago, Illinois, 52 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln that the Association for Study of Negro Life and History was organized. This organization was the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson who understood the importance that black Americans have a true knowledge of their history now only on these American shores but also understand that the history of black Americans reached back to the birthplace of civilization on the continent of Africa. In order to fully comprehend the magnitude of this organized effort to spread black knowledge. You need to understand the barriers that existed in this nation that carpeted black history to our communities in 1915. 52 years of freedom for enslaved black Americans had seen a revival and reverting of many of the same terrible murderous, depraved conditions that our black ancestors across this nation faced during slavery. You had Jim Crow laws not only across the southern states but across the entire nation. The vast majority of our black ancestors were either illiterate or subjected to educational conditions that encouraged illiteracy. The white history books not only in the south but across the nation denied any role black Americans played in the development of this nation's prosperity and freedom. There was literally a ban for black children attending school for no more than 4 months a year in the southern states. The educational environment that both students and teachers in those black-only schools were horrid, despicable, and unseemly. So, Carter G. Woodson recognized that without an educational historical intervention black history in this nation would be completely erased off the map and minds of black America. So, today I am celebrating this day with two posts. First the story of Carter G. Woodson and second the minutes from the first national meeting of the Association of Negro Life and History. Today, we celebrate Carter G. Woodson's accomplishments and dreams with Black History Month but in reality, Carter G. Woodson wouldn't be happy with the pigeon-holding of our black historical experience to one month a year. It was Carter G. Woodson's dream to fully immerse our true black historical experiences so that that could be studied each and every day in classrooms across this nation. When you think of black history today and every day it is my wish that you honor the man, Carter G. Woodson for that dream.