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Carter G. Woodson Lyceum to host black history training for local teachers

January 25, 2019
Burnis Morris, Marshall University's Dr. Carter G. Woodson Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, speaks as the Carter G. Woodson Lyceum hosts a news conference on Thursday at the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum will host a week of training for local teachers incorporating black history in the classroom.

The announcement was made Thursday during a news conference at the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The summer institute, “The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum: Integrating the Study of Black History in School Curricula,” is open to 20 selected educators who will study the life of Woodson, black history, black literature and how to weave it into their lesson plans. The session will take place at Marshall from June 17-21, taught by national experts, local historians and Marshall faculty.

Teachers are granted a $500 stipend and the teachers’ tuition for three graduate credits.

“This institute provides instruction in a much needed area,” said Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson professor of journalism and mass communications at Marshall. “We’re still playing

catch-up in putting the study of black history on equal footing with other chapters about history and literature.

“Woodson believed there was just one history, and African-Americans were mostly left out. He didn’t want separate histories for black and other races — just one history that includes all people.”

The program is funded through a $17,100 grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council and $40,000 from the Lyceum.

Founded in 2016, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum takes its name jointly from Woodson, considered one of America’s first and most accomplished black academics, and Aristotle’s Lyceum, a school founded in 335 B.C. to mull philosophy and learning.

Marshall’s Lyceum reflects the inf luences of both in addressing issues on education, free expression and race. The program also supports scholarships for minority and low-income students.

Carter G. Woodson is noted as being the person who established both Black History Month and being the first person to chronicle the accomplishments of black historical figures in U.S. history with the goal of making sure the subject of U.S. history was more inclusive of the contributions and efforts of all of the country’s citizens, regardless of race or nation of origin.

Woodson graduated from Douglass School in Huntington when he was 20, after previously dropping out to support himself and his family in the coal mines of Fayette County, West Virginia. He eventually returned to Douglass High School as its principal, and he later became the second black person to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard.

Woodson is the only documented child of former slaves to have earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history, and a statue of Woodson stands in the 800 block of Hal Greer Boulevard across the street from where Douglass High School once stood.

For more information, visit marshall.edu/woodsonlyceum.

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