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 24:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Kenneth Bancroft Clark
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American president of the American Psychological Association, Kenneth Bancroft Clark ALSO:
- Co-founded the Northside Center for Child Development and Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited
- Was the first African American tenured professor at City College of New York (CUNY)
- Testified as an expert witness in Briggs v. Elliott, one of the cases that influenced Brown v. Board of Education
- Earned a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University
- Was the first member of the New York State Board of Regents
Extra tidbits: Clark and his wife, Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark, published a report detailing the negative psychological effects of racial segregation in schools. The report would be heavily cited in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Clark and his wife founded Kenneth B. Clark and Associates, a consulting firm for race related issues. Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s director was Cyril DeGrasse Tyson, father of astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.