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Name: Carter Godwin Woodson                                                         
Born: December 19, 1875                                                             
Died: 1950                                                                         
Woodson was born in New Canton, Virginia, the son of former slaves James and       
Eliza Riddle Woodson. His father had helped the Union soldiers during the Civil     
War, and afterwards moved his family to West Virginia when he heard they were       
building a high school for blacks in Huntington. Coming from a large, poor         
family, Carter could not regularly attend such schools, but through self-instruction
he was able to master the fundamentals of common school subjects by the time he     
was 17. He was a cousin of ZerNona Black                                           
Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study             
of African American Life and History.                                               
He was an African American historian, author, journalist and                       
the founder of Black History Month. He is considered the first to conduct a         
scholarly effort to popularize the value of Black History. He recognized and       
acted upon the importance of a people having an awareness and knowledge of their   
contributions to humanity and left behind an impressive legacy. He was a member     
of the first black fraternity Sigma Pi Phi and a member of Omega Psi Phi as well.