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 28:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Jane Matilda Bolin
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, Jane Matilda Bolin ALSO:
- Was the first African American woman to join the New York City Bar Association
- Was the FIRST Black woman in the U.S. to serve as a judge
- Was one of only two Blacks at Wellesley College; she graduated in the Top 20 in her class (1928)
- Took and passed the New York State Bar (1932)
- Was the FIRST Black woman to be Assistant Corporate Council for New York City (1937)
Extra tidbits: Bolin’s father, Gaius Charles Bolin, was the FIRST African American to graduate from Williams College. Jane enjoyed a 40-year career as a family court judge. Jane was known as “The Lady Judge”, because of her love for fancy hats, pearls, and well-tailored suits. Bolin also served on the local and national boards of the NAACP. She died in 2007 at the age of 98, survived by one son, Yorke Bolin Mizelle.
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