Concerns For A Better Community will host their annual Soul Food Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 24th at the CCBC Community Building.
Dinner will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and $8 for children 5-12 years of age.
For more information, contact Tawny Brown at 573-291-0022 or e-mail
February is Black History Month. Looking back, many people come to mind, Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, Alex Haley, “Duke” Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. There are countless others. Some “broke the color barrier” on a personal level, others excelled in their chosen field to help all mankind. One such person was Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.
While February is known as Black History Month today, are you aware that between 1926 and 1976 it was referred to as Negro History Week?
Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, best known as the “Father of Negro History,” initiated the celebration in 1926, which corresponded to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12, and Frederick Douglass on February 14. It became Black History Month in 1976 and today has national support from people of all ethnic and social backgrounds.
Carter G. Woodson was born December 19, 1875, to former slaves in New Canton, Virginia. Although he understood the importance of a proper education to make the most of one's life, he was primarily self-taught until the age of 20. Then, in only a few years, he was able to earn a high school diploma and graduate from Berea College in Kentucky. At the University of Chicago he earned his BA in 1907 and his Master's in 1908.
In 1912, Woodson became the second African American to earn his PhD from Harvard; the first was W. E. B. Dubois in 1895. In 1915, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to further the systematic study of Negro Americans. Later the name was changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
In 1916, under Dr. Woodson's supervision, the ASALH created the Journal of Negro History, a research and publication outlet for black scholars. A second publication, The Negro History Bulletin, was started in 1937.
Dr. Woodson was awarded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored  People's (NAACP) Spingran Medal in 1926 for his achievements as a historian and founder of the ASALH. The purpose of the Spingran Medal is to call the attention of the American people to the existence of distinguished merit and achievement among American Negroes and to serve as a reward for such achievement and as a stimulus to the ambition of colored youth.
From his home at 1538 9th Street, NW, in Washington, D. C., Dr. Woodson served as director of the ASALH while he continued his own studies. After his death on April 3, 1950, the residence served as the national headquarters of the Association until the early 1970s. The National Park Service acquired the vacant house in 2005.