Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of December 17:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Henry Ossawa Tanner
In ADDITION to being the FIRST famous international African American painter, Henry Ossawa Tanner ALSO:
- Had a mother who escaped slavery via the Underground Railroad
- Was the ONLY African American student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- Had a father who was a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church
- Once worked as in illustrator for the Harper Brothers publishing company
- Taught drawing classes at Clark College (later Clark Atlanta University)
Extra tidbits: Tanner was inducted into the National Academy of Design; he was the FIRST African American to enjoy full membership in the organization. In 1996, Tanner’s “Sand Dunes at Sunset” became the first piece of African American art to join the White House’s art collection.