Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of February 17:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Patrick Francis Healy
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American president of a major U.S. university, Patrick Francis Healy ALSO:
- Was the FIRST African American to become a Jesuit priest
- Was the son of an Irish American slave owner father, and a Mulatto slave mother
- Received his PhD from the University of Louvain, Belgium
- Was responsible for Georgetown College’s accreditation as Georgetown University
- Was largely regarded as Georgetown University’s “second founder”
Extra tidbits: Healy worked tirelessly to improve Georgetown’s curriculum, expanding it while also making improvements to the school’s medicine and law programs. The truth of Healy’s African ancestry wasn’t revealed until the 1960s. Healy was also considered the first American of African ancestry to earn a PhD. Georgetown’s Healy Hall – named after its 29th president – is listed as a National Historic Landmark.