35 Top Carter G. Woodson Quotes

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Carter G. Woodson was an American author, historian, journalist and the creator of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He is considered as the father of black history. As an author, he wrote many books and some of the names of his famous books are: The Mis-Education of the Negro, The Education Of The Negro Prior To 1861, A Century of Negro Migration, African heroes and heroines and African Myths and Folk Tales. I hope these best Carter G Woodsen quotes on education will inspire you.

Famous Inspirational Carter G Woodson Quotes

1. “No man knows what he can do until he tries.”

2. “I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.”

3. “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.”

4. “If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

5. “Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.”

6. “One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists.”

7. “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”

8. “The thought of’ the inferiority of the Negro is drilled into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.”

9. “The differentness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.”

10. “Cooperation implies equality of the participants in the particular task at hand.” 

11. “We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.”

12. “In our so-called democracy, we are accustomed to giv the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them.”

13. “The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in the sphere of production to supply their proportion of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down to the graves of paupers.”

14.”The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.”

15. “They are anxious to have everything the white man has even if it is harmful.” 

16. “If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own.”

17. “I am a radical.”

18. “If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere, and the present discrimination continues, there will be nothing left for them to do.”

19. “The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.”

20. “I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.”

21. “Our most widely known scholars have been trained in universities outside of the South.”

22. “No people can go forward when the majority of those who should know better have chosen to go backward, but this is exactly what most of our misleaders do.” 

23. “They still have some money, and they have needs to supply. They must begin immediately to pool their earnings and organize industries to participate in supplying social and economic demands.”

24. “As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.”

25. “If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.”

26. “And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.”

27. “The oppressor has always indoctrinated the weak with his interpretation of the crimes of the strong.” 

28. “Why not exploit, enslave, or exterminate a class that everybody is taught to regard as inferior?”

Carter G Woodson Quotes on Education

29. “The mere imparting of information is not education.”

30. “Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.”

31. “Highly educated” Negroes denounce persons who advocate for the Negro a sort of education different in some respects from that now given the white man.”

32. “The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.”

33. “The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.”

34. “The same educational process which inspires and stimulates the oppressor with the thought that he is everything and has accomplished everything worth while, depresses” 

35. “Practically all of the successful Negroes in this country are of the uneducated type or of that of Negroes who have had no formal education at all. The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.”

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