Carter Godwin Woodson (1875 - 1950) was an acclaimed African American historian, author, journalist and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
Through his work with the ASALH, alongside his founding of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Woodson has been called “the father of black history.” Then, 10 years later, Woodson created the annual “Negro History Week” celebration, which was the precursor of Black History Month. As a speaker, writer, political organizer and a truth-seeker, Woodson helped to humanize the image of Black Americans during a time of gross injustice and mistruth in the publishing space.
With the help of other Black scholars and historians, Carter Woodson dedicated his life to uncovering hidden histories of African-American history and American diaspora. Woodson was born of two former slaves and set out his entire professional career to bring his parents, and other Black Americans descended from slavery, the right to honest historical recounts of their mistreatment.
At the Museum of Public Relations, we work every day to uncover hidden histories of our field. We know that PR textbooks, college curriculums and C-suites of major corporations are not always reflective of the true story behind the state of our industry today. However, it is like Carter Woodson who have helped to open our eyes to the depth and cultural richness of communications.
Follow along with us as we gear up for our 8th Annual Celebration of Black PR history on Feb. 2! We have an amazing lineup of hosts and speakers all for free on Zoom. Whether you are a first-year PR student, or a longtime industry professional, you won’t want to miss it.