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Legislation #: 170149 Introduction Date: 2/23/2017
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS REED, SHIELDS, JAMES, JR., TAYLOR, CANADY, HALL, WAGNER, MCMANUS, BARNES JR., LUCAS AND JUSTUS
Title: Honoring the accomplishments and efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month.

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2/23/2017 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/23/2017 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 170149

 

Honoring the accomplishments and efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month.

 

WHEREAS, Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia to Anna Eliza Riddle Woodson and James Woodson. The fourth of seven children, young Woodson worked as a sharecropper and a miner to help his family; and

WHEREAS, in 1912, Carter G. Woodson became the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. After finishing his education, Dr. Woodson dedicated himself to the field of African-American history, working to make sure that the subject was taught in schools and studied by scholars; and

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, which later became the Association for the Study of African American Life and History that still exists today; and

WHEREAS, he established Negro History Week in 1926 and Dr. Woodson selected the second week in February to honor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays were February 14th (circa) and 12th, respectively; and

 

WHEREAS, the American Jazz Museum continues efforts to celebrate Black History Month and also do this in recognition that 18th and Vine, the current location of the American Jazz Museum, was the cultural and economic hub of one of Kansas City's most historic communities; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize that this February, the American Jazz Museum has scheduled several events to highlight the accomplishments of Black Americans and to honor the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum, with the appreciation of the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City.

 

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