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Why do so many Black youth go missing? And why we don’t hear about them; Plus: Black History Profiles in Black Excellence: Carter G Woodson

0:08 – Black and Missing in the United States

Every year in the U.S., thousands of people go missing, children being the most vulnerable among them. According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database, in 2019 missing children under the age of 18 stood at 398,250. About 40 percent of those children are black, even though black children only make up about 14 percent of all children in the U.S. And media attention for black vs. white missing children is just as disproportionate.

Natalie Wilson is co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends and to educate the minority community on personal safety.

0:34 – Black History Month Profiles in Excellence: Carter G Woodson

Dubbed the Father of Black History Month, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was an American historian, author and journalist. The son of former slaves, he was one of the first blacks to receive a PhD from Harvard University. In 1926, Woodson started “Negro History Week,” an annual observance taking place in February, which officially expanded to “Black History Month” in 1976. Dr. Woodson was the author of over 30 books and is best known for his work The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933. For more about black history month and its founder, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we speak with Dr. Gregory Carr (@AfricanaCarr) Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University.

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