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 24:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Ann Petry
- She was the FIRST African American female novelist to sell over a million copies
- She worked in the Amsterdam News’ advertising department
- She was a reporter for Adam Clayton Powell’s The People’s Voice
- She wrote her best-selling novel, The Street, as a way of exposing the lack of equity among children and poor Blacks
- She began writing short stories while working in the family business as a pharmacist
**Extra tidbits: Petry’s novel won her the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship. Though Petry released subsequent novels (Country Place, The Narrows, Tituba of Salem Village), none were as successful as her first. She was raised around very strong female influences; because of this, it never occurred to her that being an ambitious African American female ran contrary to the societal expectations of her era.