Dr. Carter G. Woodson
The Drinko Academy, along with other campus and community organizations, is involved in a new project which should have been addressed years ago – honoring Dr. Carter G. Woodson!
Dr. Woodson is known by some as the “Father of Black History Month,” but fewer realize that he is also the “Father of America’s Black History Movement.” Even fewer know of his close ties to the Huntington community.
As a result, last February 25th, the Academy hosted a luncheon for the Mayor, local civic leaders including members of the Black Ministerial Association, the Cabell County School Board, the Carter G. Woodson Foundation and Marshall administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
The objective of the luncheon was to learn more about Woodson’s legacy and particularly of his early ties to our community, and also to explore ways in which we, both Town and Gown, can collectively and appropriately identify with one of our most distinguished citizens and appreciatively recognize locally his contributions beginning with Black History Month, 2016.
We propose to be inclusive, not exclusive. It appears that we have made a promising start for this endeavor, but it will take work to accomplish our goals. However, to those of us involved, it is well worth our effort and our support.
Marshall’s new Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum will assume responsibility in February for programs observing Black History Month at the university, with support from the following Marshall units: Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Media, John Deaver Drinko Academy, Student Affairs, Marshall Libraries, Intercultural Affairs, School of Art and Design and School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
- Thursday, Feb. 2 – “Mis-Education Revisited for Today’s Audience: African American students reinterpret Woodson’s 1933 book, “The Mis-Education of the Negro.” 4 p.m., Drinko Library Atrium. Contact: Burnis R. Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday, Feb. 3 – “Negro Motorist Green Book,” Calvin Ramsey, New York playwright. 7 p.m., Memorial Student Center room, BE-5. Contact: Maurice Cooley, email@example.com
- Sunday, Feb. 5 – The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Soul Food Feast. 2 p.m., John Marshall Room, Memorial Student Center. $7 students; $10 other adults. Contact: Maurice Cooley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Former Ashland Oil Inc. Foundation president Charles Whitehead relives his days helping the community and the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation support the Woodson statue. 4 p.m., Drinko Library Atrium. Contact: Burnis R. Morris, email@example.com
- Friday, Feb. 10 – Freda Payne: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. 7:30 p.m., Keith-Albee. Tickets available at Marshall Artists Series box office. Contact: Maurice Cooley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, Feb. 15 – “The Emancipation Proclamation as Sacred Text,” Dr. Joseph Tucker Edmonds, assistant professor, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Department of Religious Studies and Programs in Africana Studies. 4 p.m., Drinko Library Atrium. Contact: Burnis R. Morris, email@example.com
- Monday, Feb. 20 – “Loving,” documentary about historic case involving black-white relationships. 4 p.m., Room 402, Drinko Library. Contact: Maurice Cooley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday, Feb. 22 – “History from a Journalist’s Perspective,” Linda Shockley, managing director, Dow Jones News Fund. 4 p.m., Drinko Library Atrium. Contact: Burnis R. Morris, email@example.com
- Friday, Feb. 24 – Annual Diversity Breakfast. 7:30 a.m.-8:50 a.m., Don Morris Room, Memorial Student Center. Contact: Maurice Cooley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monday, Feb. 27 – “Removal of Confederate Monuments and Symbols,” Dr. David Trowbridge, associate professor and director, African and African American Studies, Marshall University, 6 p.m., Drinko Library Atrium. Contact: Burnis R. Morris, email@example.com
- Wednesday, Feb. 1-Tuesday, Feb. 28 – West Virginia African American History photographs on display all month, Drinko Library. Contact: Burnis R. Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Carter G. Woodson Media Gallery
The John Deaver Drinko Library
The photos are part of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s collection of notable African-American West Virginians purchased by the Drinko Academy.
We would like to publicly thank Ms. Kelli Johnson, Associate Professor and member of the Drinko Library faculty for producing the display and also working with the staff of Ms. Judy Rule, the Director of the Cabell County Public Library, who has also prepared similar displays found at the downtown central library and all of the county branch libraries.
Cabell County Schools
Institution of a New Black History Month Curriculum
Cabell County Schools support Black History Month with a special tribute to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. They have produced a Black History Month curriculum, which honors Woodson and African American achievements. The lesson development plan was developed through a collaboration involving Vickie Linville, instructional coach; Rhonda O’Neal, curriculum supervisor; and Alexandria McCloud, HEMS. The lesson plan will be made available to teachers for use in their classrooms in February.
Professor Burnis Morris and Dr. Alan Gould were accorded the opportunity in early January to review a presentation made especially for The Carter G. Woodson Project at the Cabell County Board of Education office. The efforts have been truly remarkable and one couldn’t think of a better way to reintroduce Dr. Carter G. Woodson to this area than the one they have provided.
Remembering Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Proclamation of Dr. Carter G. Woodson Day
February 5, 2016
Drinko Library Third Floor Atrium
- Carter G. Woodson: A Historic Journey
- Remembering Dr. Carter G. Woodson
- Remembering Dr. Carter G. Woodson – DOWNLOAD LINK
Professor Burnis Morris
“Father of African American History”
Huntington Lecture Series
February 8, 2016
Dr. David Trowbridge and Dr. Monica Brooks
“This Place Matters”
Hoffman Room, Morrow Library
February 12, 2016
Dr. Monica Brooks, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Libraries here at Marshall University, and Dr. David Trowbridge, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Marshall History Department’s Program on African and African American History (and also the creator of the educational website and acclaimed historical guide entitled Clio) presented a very special and exciting presentation on the uses of technology in bringing recognition to African-American contributions in Central Appalachia.
This project would have been enthusiastically applauded by Dr. Woodson!
Dr. Brooks also received on behalf of the university the proclamations and remarks presented here today which will become part of the display honoring Dr. Woodson.
Bishop Samuel Moore
“The Deceitfulness of Difference”
The Inaugural Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture
February 25, 2016
- Scholars’ work to spotlight Woodson (HD, 1/31/2016)
- Marshall to commemorate Woodson, Black History Month (HD, 1/31/2016)
- Marshall’s annual feast highlights community, culture (HD, 1/31/2016)
- Huntington pays tribute to Carter G. Woodson (HD, 2/6/2016)
- Editorial: Carter G. Woodson project a fitting tribute (HD, 2/7/2016)
- Journalism professor delivers Carter G. Woodson lecture (The Parthenon, 2/9/2016)
- Woodson’s history celebrated with latest technology (HD, 2/13/2016)
- MU professor’s app helps share history (HD, 2/26/2016)
- Marshall University launches the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum (Marshall University Newsletter, 1/25/2017)
The Drinko Academy expresses appreciation for support for this project to the Honorable Steve Williams, mayor, City of Huntington; Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation; NAACP; Ministerial Association; Cabell County Schools; Cabell County Public Library; Marshall University’s Office of Intercultural Affairs; the Marshall University School of Journalism and Mass Communications; the Marshall University College of Arts and Media, and the Marshall University Libraries.
Dr. Monica Brooks, assistant professor, IT and MU Libraries
Maurice Cooley, associate vice president, Intercultural Affairs, Marshall University
Dr. Alan B. Gould, executive director, John Deaver Drinko Academy
Kelli Johnson, instructional and reference librarian, IT and MU Libraries
Burnis Morris, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Professor & Drinko Fellow
Dr. David Trowbridge, associate professor, Marshall University
Appreciation to Individuals
Adam Rodgers, student
Alexandria McCloud, HEMS, Cabell County Schools
Andrew Harrison, student
Bishop Samuel R. Moore
Dr. Charles Bailey, professor and faculty adviser, WMUL-FM
Dr. Jeff Smith, assistant superintendent, Division of School Improvement, Cabell County Schools
Imani Spradley, student
Kristen Pack, program assistant, Drinko Academy
Lillie Bodie, student
Marquez Davila, student
Renee Denney, executive assistant, Drinko Academy
Rhonda O’Neal, curriculum supervisor, Cabell County Schools
Sandy York, assistant professor and Parthenon adviser, Marshall University
Thom Walker, music and digital services librarian, Marshall University
Vickie Linville, instructional coach, Cabell County Schools