"Men of scholarship…must show us the right way and lead us into light, which is shining brighter and brighter."
- Carter Woodson
The association's goal was to study African American history, publish books about it, and in Dr. Woodson's words, "promote harmony between the races by acquainting the one with the other." In 1916, Dr. Woodson created the Journal of Negro History in order to publish stories and research on African Americans. Since there were few publishers that would print books about black history, Dr. Woodson formed Associated Publishers in 1920. The Journal of Negro History and several books by Dr. Woodson, including his most popular, The Negro in Our History, are still being published.
Dr. Woodson long believed that the study of African American history should be celebrated as a national event. In February 1926, he created Negro History Week to be celebrated by schools and communities. The creation of the event was one of his proudest accomplishments. Though Dr. Woodson died in 1950, his Negro History Week continued until 1976, when it officially became Black History Month. Thanks to Dr. Woodson, The Father of Black History, Americans observe Black History Month every February. Now it is most often referred to as African American History Month.
During African American History Month, there are several important dates that are an inspiration to the event.