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Word for the Wise December 19, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter Godwin Woodson, the first of nine children, was born to two former slaves on this date in 1875. Carter Woodson’s life story is inspiring: a coal miner who didn’t attend high school until he was 19, he went on to become the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard and he founded Negro History Week (which led to Black History Month); he also is honored as the father of Black History. (来源:专业英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

Today we honor Woodson with a look at a few words from the man so passionate about his people and their history that he believed "the accounts of the successful strivings of Negroes for enlightenment under most adverse circumstances reads like beautiful romances of a people in a heroic age."

Carter Woodson might have appreciated beautiful romances, but he also had a practical side. "The mere imparting of information is not education," he pointed out, and, more ominously, "when you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions."

We’ll close with his take on equality and integration. Woodson considered "segregation…the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race."

 
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