HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, a Howard University historian, will be on Marshall University’s Huntington campus next week to discuss his discovery of a lost manuscript by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
The event will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. It is free and open to the public. A reception, sponsored by the MU Information Technology Library Associates, will follow.
Scott, who is also vice president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (founded by Woodson in 1915), will discuss how he discovered the manuscript in a storage container about five years ago and authenticated it.
Scott’s visit is being sponsored by the Marshall’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Center for African American Students’ Programs, and African and African American Studies program, as well as the MU Information Technology Library Associates and the Cabell County Schools. While in Huntington, Scott also will make a presentation to social studies teachers and students at Huntington High School.
Woodson was a graduate of Douglass High School in Huntington and later served as the school’s principal, as well as dean of what is now West Virginia State University. He was the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University and the only offspring of former slaves to receive a doctorate in history from any university. Widely known as the “father of African American history,” Woodson came up with the idea for Negro History Week in 1926, which is now Black History Month. In addition to founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, he started the influential “Journal of Negro History” in 1916.
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