On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2 p.m., the U.S. National Park Service and the Third District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. partnered up to host the 142nd Carter G. Woodson Birthday commemoration at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
The program display prominent speakers such as Tara Morrison, Superintendent (CGW Home National Historic Site), Reverend Akil Dickens(Ebenezer AME Church), Bro. Robert Stanton (Advisor & Former Director, National Park Service), and Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (President, ASALH). Bro. Dan Jones (GKF) and Bro. Conrado Morgan (1VDR) who gave very powerful remarks about Dr. Bro. Woodson for Our Dear Omega!
Brothers came out to support ro. Woodson’s event and make sure Omega was well represented.
Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie, University Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University was the keynote speaker and gave an insightful and inspiring oratorical lecture. Dr. Dagbovie’s presentation focused on what was the personal make-up of Carter G. Woodson. In doing so, Dr. Dagbovie introduced Woodson’s key family influences and events that precipitated and influenced the works and achievements and resulting legacy of Bro. Woodson.
While Bro. Carter G. Woodson is best known for his book “Mis-Education of the Negro”, he was the most prolific proponent and spokesperson for the study of Black history. He was a pre-eminent educator, historian and father of African-American history. Woodson was the second African-American to graduate from Harvard University and the first descendant of slaves to earn a PHD from Harvard University. Woodson established the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1915 to promote the study and education of African-American people and their cultural achievements to enhance social, political and economic development.
The commemoration also included songs and several performances by D.C. Community Choir, Humanities in Public, and D.C. Strings Workshop.
Courtesy of Bro. Norm Senior
Third District Director of Public Relations
Assistant Editor of the Oracle