In 2012, the National Education Association awarded Jerry Gore the prestigious
Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award
Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), a scholar and historian, founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), published books and journals about Black history, and initiated what is now Black History Month. He is known as the father of Black history.
The NEA jointly presents the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The award is presented to an individual, NEA affiliate, or institution whose activities in Black affairs have made a significant impact on education and on the achievements of equal opportunity. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria:
1. Demonstrate leadership and creativity in promoting Black History.
2. Increase understanding of and appreciation for the heritage of Blacks.
3. Impact the total school community or a significant portion of the local community in promoting Black History. (Source: National Education Association)
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