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Black History Month

In Focus

After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912, Carter Woodson became known as the “father of Black history,” launching Negro History Week, which later expanded into Black History Month.

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History still impacts today

What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)?

Derrick Albert Bell Jr., Harvard Law School’s first tenured African American professor of law, is often credited as one of the originators of CRT, a theory that examines why racial inequalities persist even after civil rights legislation is enacted. Graduate School of Education alum Tauheedah Baker-Jones says efforts to ban CRT from the K-12 curriculum demonstrate a misunderstanding of what CRT is and why honest, brave, and respectful discussions about race and racism are important.

Read Tauheedah Baker-Jones’ thoughts on the value—and misconceptions—of CRT

Makers and moments of change

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