29 Famous Carter G Woodson Quotes

29 Famous Carter G Woodson Quotes

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Carter Godwin Woodson was born on December 19, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. He was an African-American historian and author, he was also the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was the pioneer that created the “Negro History Week” in February. He died on April 3, 1950 at the age of 74.

“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.”

“Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they must be convinced of their inferiority.”

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”

“I am a radical.”

“I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.”

“I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“In fact, the confidence of the people is worth more than money.”

“In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.”

“In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.”

“Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.”

“Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied opportunities for development are naturally afraid of anything that sounds like discrimination.”

“No man knows what he can do until he tries.”

“Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educators: ‘that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.”

“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.”

“The differences 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. It is by the development of these gifts that every race must justify its right to exist.”

“The educational system of a country is worthless unless it [revolutionizes the social order]. Men of scholarship, and prophetic insight, must show us the right way and lead us into light which is shining brighter and brighter.”

“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.”

“The mere imparting of information is not education.”

“The oppressor has always indoctrinated the weak with his interpretation of the crimes of the strong.”

“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.”

“This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.”

“We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.”

“We need workers, not leaders. Such workers will solve the problems which race leaders talk about.”

“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.”

“When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.”

“Why not exploit, enslave, or exterminate a class that everybody is taught to regard as inferior?”