The Perpetuators of the Injustice

Racism and Public Art

facimile of the Carter G Woodson sculpture by James Earl Reid

Unfortunately, Negroes who think as the author does and dare express themselves are branded as opponents of interracial cooperation. As a matter of fact, however, such Negroes are the real workers in carrying out a program of interracial effort. Cooperation implies equality of the participants in the particular task at hand. On the contrary, however, the usual way now is for the whites to work out their plans behind closed doors, have them approved by a few Negroes serving nominally on a board, and then employ a white of mixed staff to carry out their program. This is not interracial cooperation. It is merely the ancient idea of calling upon the "inferior" to carry out the orders of the "superior." To express it in post-classic language, as did Jessie O. Thomas, "The Negroes do the co-ing and the whites the operating."

From the Mis-Education of the Negro


Carter G. Woodson

Page 29 - Published 1933

Dr. Carter Goodwin Woodson, a African American hero, was born 1875 in New Canton Virginia. In 1900, prior to earning his first college degree, Woodson was a teacher at his alma mater, Douglas High School. In Huntington, West Virginia, quickly becoming the school principal. He completed college studies in 1903 at Berea College in Kentucky and went on to earn a B.S. in 1907 and a Masters in 1908 both from the University of Chicago. Dr Woodson earned his PH.D in 1912 from Harvard University. In1919, Dr. Woodson served as Dean of Liberal Arts at Howard University. He was the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, the founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin and, in 1926, founder of Black History Week which was later expanded to Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson died in 1950 at his residence on 9th Street in northwest Washington, D.C.