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 6:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Harriet E. Wilson
- She was born Harriet E. “Hattie” Adams; her mother was Irish, and her father was African American
- She was THE FIRST African American female to have a novel published in the U.S.
- She was also considered to be the FIRST African American novelist in the U.S.
- Her novel, “Our Nig: Sketches From the Life of a Free Black”, drew directly from her personal experiences (of being beaten, abused, and otherwise mistreated by her white owners)
- Spent 20 years working as a nurse and healer (clairvoyant physician)
**Extra tidbits: Harriet’s first husband, Thomas Wilson, fabricated stories about being an escaped slave to gain abolitionist support. After the death of her husband, Wilson married a French apothecary named John Gallatin Robinson, who was 18 years her junior. In her later years, Wilson became known as a “colored medium”, and gave lectures on labor reform and children’s education. She was also instrumental in the organization and maintenance of Children’s Progressive Lyceums (the Spiritual Sunday School equivalent).