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  • Carter G. Woodson was born on December 19th, 1875 to illiterate parents who were former slaves.

  • Carter G. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, after W.E.B. Du Bois.

  • Carter G. Woodson was known as the "Father of Black History".

  • Carter G. Woodson was largely self-taught and had mastered common school subjects by the age of 17.

  • Carter G. Woodson believed that the white-dominated historical profession had little interest in Black history. He saw African-American contributions "overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them".

  • For Black scholars to study and preserve Black history, Carter G. Woodson realized he would have to create a separate institutional structure.


In January 2023, Mr.Richardon traveled to Benin, West Africa to “experience” the annual “Vodun” festival firsthand. Vodun ( means spirit or deity in the Fon, Gun, and Ewe languages). It is a religious practice primarily in Dahomey/Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Nigeria. Vodun's religious practices can be traced back over 6000 to ancient Kemet ( African).

Because Hollywood ( white America) has mischaracterized the representation of “Voodoo” for centuries, most people “fear what they don't understand.” Enslaved Africans stolen and taken to Haiti ( during the slave trade) also took this rich spiritual practice with them as well. Vodun is also practiced in other countries in South America and the Caribbean.

This trip was a birthday present from me that allowed me for 13 days to get immersed in my rich African culture, traditions, heritage, and, BLACK JOY!! Enjoy some of the pictures and newspaper articles from the trip!

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