In 1926, educator Carter G. Woodson led the effort to create Negro History Week. The idea was birthed within a social structure that failed to acknowledge black achievement. The Negro presence had long been minimized in business, politics, education, law and other areas of social life. The name itself flew in the face of oppression. Woodson's Negro History Week was meant to frame a space and time to popularize the contributions of his people in the midst of legal and illegal efforts to eliminate those contributions. He hoped the annual event would inspire the world to shake off the mental chains.