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Carter G. Woodson was a Berea alumnus who graduated with a B.A. degree in literature in 1903, and from Harvard with a doctorate in 1912.  He founded Black History Week in 1926 (which was the predecessor of Black History Month), and is considered the "Father of Black History".

He was born in Virginia, but grew up working in the West Virginia coal mines.  He eventually served as dean of both West Virginia University and Howard University.

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