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 29:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Charles L. Reason
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American professor at a predominately white institution (New York Central College), Charles Lewis Reason was ALSO:
- A mathematical prodigy; by the age of 14, he was teaching math at the African Free School (New York)
- The founder of the Society for the Promotion of Education Among Colored Children
- Responsible for the successful passage of an 1873 statute to integrate New York public schools
- Principal of the Quaker Institute for Colored Youth (later Cheyney University) from 1852-1856
- Founder and Executive Secretary of the New York Political Improvement Association, an organization dedicated toward giving fugitive slaves a right to a jury trial
Extra tidbits: Reason lectured on behalf of the Fugitive Aid Society; he was also secretary of the 1840 New York State Convention for Negro Suffrage. In addition to his advocacy work, Reason was also a poet and political journalist who wrote several pieces dealing with the issues of freedom and equality for African Americans.