"We would not learn less of George Washington... but we would learn... also of the three thousand Negro soldiers of the American Revolution." -- Carter G. Woodson
From the Web site of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History:
Among the intellectuals of the Progressive era who believed "that modern America should embrace the cultural differences that newcomers brought with them to America" ...
Carter G. Woodson did most to forge an intellectual movement to educate Americans about cultural diversity and democracy. For the sake of African Americans and all Americans, Woodson heralded the contributions of African Americans and the black tradition. In 1915, he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and by the time of his death in 1950, he had laid the foundation for a rethinking of American identity. The multiculturalism of our times is built on the intellectual and institutional labors of Woodson and the association he established. He should be known not simply as the Father of Black History, but as pioneer of multiculturalism as well.
In honor of its founder, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History devotes the 2008 Annual Black History Theme to both the labors of Woodson and the origins of multiculturalism.
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