Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of August 18:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Lester A. Walton
In ADDITION to being known as the “Dean of the Diplomatic Corps”, Lester Walton ALSO:
- Worked as a general assignment and court reporter for the St. Louis Star, the FIRST African American to write for a daily paper in St. Louis (1902-1906)
- Was manager and theatrical editor for New York Age (1908-1914, 1917-1919)
- Attended the Versailles Peace Conference as a correspondent (1919)
- Was publicity director for the Colored Division of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) (1924, 1928, 1932)
- Was appointed United States Minister (Ambassador) to Liberia (1935)
Extra tidbits: Walton worked as manager of Harlem’s Lafayette Theater from 1914-1916, and 1919-1921. During this time, he wrote concert reviews and editorials on Black music, in which he stressed the importance of musical knowledge and culture for African Americans. He was also vice president of the Negro Actor’s Guild, and Chairman of the Coordinating Council for Negro Performers. Walton was also one of the original volunteer members of New York’s Commission on Intergroup Relations (1955), later known as the Commission on Human Rights (1961).