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WHEREAS, on Saturday February 19, 1994, the Harriet Tubman Historical Society Inc., in partnership with the Buckingham Afro-American Life and History Society, Inc., and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources celebrated Dr. Carter G. Woodson Day, in New Canton, Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the Harriet Tubman Historical Society, Inc., unveiled a historical marker in Buckingham County, Virginia, in honor or Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a scholar, educator, and writer who dedicated his life to researching and sharing the history and contributions of African Americans; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, helped inform millions of people on the influence, impact, and significant role African Americans have played in forming our democracy, as well as their fight for a more inclusive vision of liberty, justice, and equality for all; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, started The Journal of Negro History and The Negro History Bulletin, and spearheaded the first Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month; and
WHEREAS, we build upon the knowledge and foundation that Dr. Carter G. Woodson set forth for us to ensure that all Virginians, especially our children, continue to learn the stories, histories, and life experiences of individuals who have shape our state and country; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia, acknowledges, celebrates, and appreciates the incomparable contributions of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and thank organizations such as the Harriet Tubman Historical Society Inc., for helping to keep his legacy, vision, and influence alive;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 19, 2020, as DR. CARTER G. WOODSON DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.