Book Review: “The Mis-education of The Negro” by Carter Godwin Woodson

Good morning and happy Monday to all. If it’s one of those days where your tested early and often, just know that the most high has your back. Don’t even address it, let the universe fight the battle because the universe is undefeated. Today will be a quick book review from an amazing author, historian, journalist and founder of The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, named Carter Goodwin Woodson.

Woodson was born in 1875 in the state of Virginia. He was born to former slaves and at an early age he had to drop out of school often to work in the coal mines. He never stopped his desire for education as he went on to graduate from Berea College, where he also became a teacher, then went on to become only the second African American behind W E B Dubios to graduate with a PHD from Harvard University. In February of 1926 he was called the “father of black history” to which he started black history week, which was the precedent for black history month.

The book I finished and will read numerous times , “The Mis-Education of the Negro”, really came from the black professor perspective. The literacy can be complex but that’s the amazing part of the challenge with this book. When you break it down it shows how we as blacks have been stripped of everything down to our own internal feelings of each other. The systematic racism that is explained through out the book dives deeper then a navy seal scuba diver. Our mental enslavement was just as bad as our physical enslavement. Our efforts in the public to not only fit in but be respected by others and even our own seemed to fall by the way side especially during the 1920s and 1930s. One major point that is true to this day is that we as Black Americans have been manipulated so much to think that white it right , that we will refuse to invest in our own. We will skip over the dry cleaners that was built by our local family, to drive up to the white store because we feel they are ahead so our service will be better. Our entire mental process has to be refined.

I give this book an amazing rating because reading the words from this amazing author can be extremely motivating. The steps we need to take, what we should have been doing , and where are focus should be are some of the reasons why I love and will read this book a few times. Thank you Mr. Woodson from the next generation, I will do my best not to let your words go without action.

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