“We all have within us the strength, the patience, and the passion
to reach for the stars to change our world.”

~ Harriett Tubman

The Carter G. Woodson School arose from the hopes, dreams, frustrations and determination of a group of ordinary people in Forsyth County, North Carolina, who were profoundly concerned about the future welfare and well-being of their children.

In 1997, Hazel Mack, a founding parent, ran a public service announcement on Winston-Salem State University’s radio station to which hundreds of parents responded.

Taking to heart the African proverb, “it takes a whole village to raise a child,” they worked to collaborate on ways they could create a new educational model that would honor the unique capabilities of their daughters and sons.

In the summer of 1997, construction began, and the Carter G. Woodson School opened in fall 1997 with 175 students.