Home Study Department of the Extension Division of The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc. Bulletin of General Information.
The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc. was founded in 1915 by black historian and prolific author Carter G. Woodson, “The Father of Black History” and his associates, in response to the glorification of the Ku Klux Klan seen in the movie Birth of a Nation. From the Association sprang forth its Journal of Negro History and in 1926 the beginning of Negro History Week, celebrating black lives and achievement.
The Home Study Department began in 1927, as an outgrowth of the Journal of Negro History, to teach black history through the mail, by correspondence. This Bulletin served as a kind of prospectus, describing in great detail all courses taught and listing the off-site teaching staff. All courses had a focus on the African or African American. Courses ranged from Art (African Art and Culture) to Literature (The Negro in Recent Literature) to History (Negro Economic History, The Negro and the Indian, Negro Church History, etc.) and so on.
Woodson’s efforts were ambitious, and laudatory, but not fruitful. The Home Study Department faced low enrollment due to fees and high admission standards. It ceased approximately three years after inception. Rare, unlisted in OCLC, one copy found at Emory.
Description: Home Study Department of the Extension Division of The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc. Bulletin of General Information.
Washington, D.C. Published by The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. [ca. 1927]. 16pp. Self-titled printed wraps. Very good.
Refs. Dagbovie, The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene (Illinois, 2007) pp53–55. Joyce, Black Book Publishers… (New York, 1991).