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 2:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Samuel Cornish
In ADDITION to co-founding the FIRST Black newspaper in the U.S. (Freedom’s Journal), Samuel Cornish ALSO:
- Was one of the four founding Black members of the American Missionary Association
- Served as editor of the Colored American (1837-1839)
- Was a member of the executive committee of New York City’s Vigilance Committee (1835-1837)
- Was pastor of New York’s FIRST African American Presbyterian Church
Extra tidbits: As Freedom’s Journal founder and writer, Cornish used his position to keep the public abreast of abolitionist and other issues of concern to African Americans mainstream newspapers often ignored. The paper was circulated in 11 states, Canada, Europe, and Haiti. Cornish left the Anti-Slavery Society to form the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, based on disputes he had with William Lloyd Garrison over the emphasis the organization also placed on women’s rights. Cornish also served as vice president of the American Moral Reform Society (1835-1836).