Book of the Week 7/23-7/30

The Mis-Education of the Negro

by Carter G. Woodson

 

Woodson Bio - 
Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1915, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history. In February 1926 he announced the celebration of "Negro History Week", considered the precursor of Black History Month

 Carter G. Woodson at his desk in 1948. By Scurlock Studios. From the Smithsonian Institution archives.

Carter G. Woodson at his desk in 1948. By Scurlock Studios. From the Smithsonian Institution archives.

'MisEducation' Brief - 

The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claimed, caused African-Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenged his readers to become autodidacts and to "do for themselves", regardless of what they were taught.. those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.