While Septima P. Clark was yet a high school student, Carter G. Woodson was founding “The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History” which is now ASALH. In 1926, 10 years after the founding of that organization, “Negro History Week” which has now evolved into “Black History Month” began. The week was designated in February to encompass the birthdates of United States President Abraham Lincoln and the great orator and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.
Carter G. Woodson wanted to educate the world about the contributions that people of African descent had made. He made sure to document these accomplishments in “The Journal of Negro History.” Septima P. Clark shared the spirit of education and became a teacher. However, she was not allowed to be employed in downtown Charleston, SC which led her to work in the rural school house on Johns Island, SC. This would be the place where she would establish “Citizenship Schools” in order to increase literacy and where she would also begin to teach the people about their rights and engage them in voting and striking down segregation.
These two individuals empowered people of African descent to empower themselves. Thus, the celebration of ourstory continues within the Gullah/Geechee Nation as Queen Quet shows how the schools and education that they built are standing on the foundations poured by our Gullah/Geechee ancestors.
May every day of the year be a celebration of global Black history. We gwine always sellbrayt who webe een de lan a de Gullah/Geechee!