From the Web site of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History:
Among the intellectuals of the Progressive era who believed "that modern
America should embrace the cultural differences that newcomers brought with
them to America" ...
Carter G. Woodson did most to
forge an intellectual movement to educate Americans about cultural diversity and
democracy. For the sake of African Americans and all Americans, Woodson
heralded the contributions of African Americans and the black tradition. In 1915,
he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and by the
time of his death in 1950, he had laid the foundation for a rethinking of American
identity. The multiculturalism of our times is built on the intellectual and
institutional labors of Woodson and the association he established. He should be
known not simply as the Father of Black History, but as pioneer of
multiculturalism as well.
In honor of its founder, the Association for the Study of African American Life and
History devotes the 2008 Annual Black History Theme to both the labors of
Woodson and the origins of multiculturalism.