For the commencement of Black History Month, Google Doodle fittingly paid homage to Black historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, played a monumental role in preserving the legacies of notable Black figures.
The New Canton, Virginia native whose parents were former slaves, is known as the “Father of Black History.” Through his organization, the Harvard graduate established Negro History Week in February 1926, which later became Black History Month.
Noting a dearth of publications willing to acknowledge the contributions of African-Americans, Woodson launched a number of written works devoted to commemorating Black icons, with The Journal of Negro History and Associated Publishers among his most notable.
Fellow Virginian Shannon Wright was responsible for crafting Google’s inaugural artwork for this year’s Black History Month.