of Black Studies
.Woodson formed the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life
in 1915 (it still exists.)He was basically the first person who took an expansive stab at filling in some of the blanks in African-American history
. The ASALH had annual meeting
s which were the primary place for Black scholar
s to get together and share ideas in a friendly environment.
In 1916 he launched the Journal of Negro History which was the printed documentation of the annual meetings and the research that went on during the rest of the year.
In 1926 he started Negro History Week (which would become Black History Month.) The dearth of real study of Black history is made pretty obvious by the fact that Woodson initially worried that there wasn't enough information available to cover a week.
One of the most important contributions that Carter Woodson made to Black studies was the establishment of Associated Publishers. It was the first publishing company to print books that dealt solely with the experiences of Black people in America and elsewhere.