Feb. 19 Webinar on Carter G. Woodson Celebrates Black History Month

 “Illuminating the Life and Work of Carter G. Woodson through His Papers”

Celebrate Black History Month with the Library of Congress through the papers of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.

Known as the “father of Black history” in 1915 Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). Eleven years later he started the annual February commemoration that has since blossomed into Black History Month, this year with the theme “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

On this hundredth anniversary of the ASALH’s founding, join Manuscript Division archivist Joseph Brooks to explore the documents that chronicle Woodson’s groundbreaking achievements as a pioneering historian and public intellectual. Comprising some 18,000 items, the Carter Godwin Woodson Papers collection at the Library of Congress brings together an array of significant materials including:

* Woodson’s own correspondence and papers;
* a broad variety of records that document African and African-American peoples, events, organizations and movements; and,
* the papers of the ASALH and its publications.

The son of former slaves, Woodson went on to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He made it his life’s work to study, document and promote the substantial achievements and struggles of African Americans while highlighting their contribution to American life. Join us in learning more about Woodson’s own leadership and contributions in this anniversary year.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
URL: http://loc.gov/rr/program/web-discussions.html

Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Questions? Ask A Librarian at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-digital.html

Source – Library of Congress

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