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Before he left Chicago, he helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).
A year later, Woodson singlehandedly launched the Journal of Negro History, in which he and other researchers brought attention to the achievements of black Americans.
But my rapture is soon checked, my joy is soon turned to mourning. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Not we the white people, not even we the citizens, not we the privileged class, not we the high, not we the low, but we the people.
There were included derogatory statements relating to the primitive, heathenish quality of the African background, but nothing denoting skills, abilities, contributions or potential in the image of the Blacks, in Africa or America.
Woodson considered this state of affairs deplorable, an American tragedy, dooming the Negro to a brain-washed acceptance of the inferior role assigned to him by the dominant race, and absorbed by him through his schooling.
Woodson’s lifelong efforts to promote the teaching of black history in the nation’s schools and encourage members of his race to learn more about their own heritage led many to call him the “Father of Black History.” In 1915, Carter G.
Woodson traveled to Chicago from his home in Washington, D. to take part in a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation.