How Black PR Pioneers Made it Possible to Celebrate Black History

Black PR pioneers

Carter G. Woodson said, “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”

Black history has been celebrated in the U.S. for the last 95 years. The idea was conceived more than 100 years ago. Still, the stories of Black PR pioneers remain largely unknown.

Diversifying history—especially PR history—is essential. What lessons can the diverse leaders in our industry’s history teach us about ethical and accurate representation today and in the future?
The Father of Black History Month
In 1915, Woodson created the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This organization laid the foundation for what we now observe each February as Black History Month.

The massive under-representation of African Americans in books and literature on American history was Woodson’s inspiration.


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