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 19:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Theodore Sedgwick Wright
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to attend Princeton Theological Seminary, Theodore Sedgwick Wright ALSO:
- Was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833)
- Was a conductor on the Underground Railroad; Wright used his house as a station
- Was Chairman of the New York Vigilance Committee
- Served as Vice President of the Phoenix Society (1833)
- Was Treasurer of Union Missionary Association
Extra tidbits: Wright joined the Liberty Party (1844) and was a member of the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominating committee. During his career he gave two influential speeches on the abolition of slavery: “The Progress of the Antislavery Cause”, and “Prejudice Against the Colored Man”. Wright married in 1837; it’s unknown whether or not he and his wife had children.