Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of April 1:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About J.A. Rogers
In ADDITION to being the ONLY Black war correspondent during World War II, Joel Augustus (J.A.) Rogers was ALSO:
- An author, journalist, and historian
- Through his extensive research, one of the few Black writers who challenged white America’s pathological attachment to its belief in Black inferiority
- Considered one of the greatest advocates in the study of African American and African history in the twentieth century
- An autodidact (self-taught)
- A writer for several of the most popular Black publications of the era, including The Crisis, American Mercury, The Messenger Magazine, The Negro World, and Survey Graphic
Extra tidbits: In 1934, Rogers started a cartoon feature, “Your History”, that featured items from his research. In 1962, the title was changed to “Facts About the Negro”. Rogers most notable publications include “100 Amazing Facts About the Negro”, “World’s Great Men of Color”, and “The Five Negro Presidents”.