This week we are highlighting The Father of Black History 
Carter G Woodson  

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Since 1926 Americans have recognized black history annually. Carter G. Woodson established "Negro History Week" which later turned into later as "Black History Month." We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

In 1926, Woodson launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

 
 
Kumon of Crofton is happy to celebrate Black History Month. This week we are highlighting an
African American Inventor.
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Sarah E Goode1885 -
Improved Cabinet Bed


Sarah Goode was the first African American women to receive a U.S. patent. Sarah E. Goode invented the first folding bed Patent #322,177.  It was concealed in an upright desk and folded out to make a bed. It is the fore runner of the sofa bed. Her patent was granted on July 1, 1885.  She was born in the year 1850.  Freed at the end of the Civil War, Goode moved to Chicago and became an entrepreneur. Sarah received her patent on July 14th, 1885 when she was 35 years old, she died January 25, 1909 when she was 59.

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