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 15:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Thomas Morris Chester
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American war correspondent, Thomas Morris Chester was ALSO:
- Of proud and noble blood, born of a free Prince from Barbados, and a runaway slave from Maryland
- Very well travelled; Chester attended high school in Liberia for a year
- A graduate of Thetford Academy in Vermont, where he graduated number two in his class
- Hired by the Pennsylvania press as the ONLY Black correspondent to report on the role of Black troops in the Civil War
- Superintendent of Schools (in Liberia), where he was in charge of helping freed Africans returning to the Continent
Extra tidbits: The Chester family saw a series of firsts: Thomas’ sister Charlotte was the first Black teacher in Harrisburg (PA), and his brother David was the first Black councilman in the 7th Ward, also in Harrisburg.