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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You might call it the beginning of the discipline we now know as black studies.

Carter G. Woodson was the son of slaves. He earned a doctorate from Harvard. And exactly a century ago founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, later changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

“He believed that history had a transformative effect on people, that this would lead to better race relations and it would lead eventually to equality of the races in America,” the group’s current president, Daryl Michael Scott, told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.

Scott said Woodson’s goal was to make the study scientific and scholarly.

The Journal of African American History has been published for 99 years by the association Woodson founded.

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