The Best Carter Woodson quotes

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is there anything more American than a rags to riches story? carter woodson was born in 1875 to parents who were former slaves. despite his humble beginnings, carter rose to become one of the most influential figures in american history. he is credited with founding black history month, and his work helped to ensure that the contributions of african americans would be recognized and celebrated. his life is a perfect example of how determination and hard work can lead to great success.

Here are the deepest Race quotes from Carter Woodson, and much more.


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About Carter Woodson

birth of the author

December 19, 1875

death of the author

April 3, 1950

education of the author

Berea College

occupation of the author

Historian, Author, Journalist

knownfor of the author

Known For:
Dean Of Howard University, Association For The Study Of Negro Life And History, Negro History Week, The Journal Of Negro History, Academic Dean Of West Virginia Collegiate Institute, Now West Virginia State University And More.


And thus goes segregation which is the most farโ€“reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

The race needs workers, not leaders. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Inspiring Phrases From Carter Woodson

If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in the sphere of production to supply their proportion of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down to the graves of paupers. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Various Statements From Carter Woodson

If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere, and the present discrimination continues, there will be nothing left for them to do. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Redundant Thematics

In Carter Woodson Statements


I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

More Phrases From Carter Woodson

I am a radical. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

The thought of’ the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

Our most widely known scholars have been trained in universities outside of the South. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just. โ€” Carter G. Woodson

I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit. โ€” Carter G. Woodson


Carter Woodsonโ€™s words are as true today as they were when he first said them. We hope that these quotes have inspired you to take a closer look at your own life and what you can do to change it for the better. If youโ€™re looking for more inspiration, check out our courses page. There, you can find information on all of our upcoming online and in-person workshops that will help you learn new skills and strategies to achieve your personal and professional goals. With hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

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