Black History Month

Google's Pick For Today's Black History Month Google Doodle Could Not Be More Perfect

If you don't recognize him, you should.

Google kicked off Black History Month by honoring an African-American academic every American should know. 

On Wednesday, the company changed the Google doodle to a cartoon of Carter G. Woodson, a journalist, historian and author who was born to former slaves in 1875. Woodson would go on to write 12 books about African-American history and is considered to be the "Father of Black History Month" by many.

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"Woodson was committed to bringing African-American history front and center and ensuring it was taught in schools and studied by other scholars," Sherice Torres, director of brand marketing at Google, wrote in a blog post about the Google Doodle.

It all started in February of 1926, when Woodson began a week-long course on African-American history. He chose that week in February because it contained the birthdays of former president Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and originally declared it "Negro History Week."

By that time, Woodson had already overcome many obstacles to found what would turn into Black History Month. In order to help support the family, he didn't attend high school — his first entree into formal education — until he was 20 years old. Before that, Woodson was entirely self-taught. He received his high school diploma in two years, and then would go teach in West Virginia and earn three more degrees, including a doctorate of History from Harvard in 1912.

During that time, he also worked as a school supervisor in the Philippines. 

"I am honored to kick off Google's celebration this month by highlighting the life of this great American scholar," Torres said. "This Black History Month, I encourage others to learn more about the incredible legacy, contribution, and journey of black people in the United States."  

Cover photo: Google

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