Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of January 13:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Harry Pace
In ADDITION to starting the FIRST African American-owned record company (Pace Phonograph Corporation/Black Swan Records), Harry Pace ALSO:
- Graduated valedictorian from (Clark) Atlanta University
- Alongside W.E.B. DuBois, published the short-lived magazine, The Moon Illustrated Weekly
- Met and eventually collaborated with W.C. Handy, “Father of the Blues”, co-writing several songs with him
- Founded Northeastern Life Insurance Company (1925). It became known as the largest African American-owned business in the North, during the 1930s
- Studied law, and opened a law firm in 1942
Extra tidbits: W.E.B. DuBois was a board member of Pace Phonograph Corporation. Pace ended his collaboration with W.C. Handy because of his growing frustration with white-owned companies who’d buy their music to sell to white audiences, yet would refuse to employ any African Americans to help record it. “Black Swan” was named in honor of concert artist Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield. Pace’s work with Black Swan served as a template other record labels used to learn how to target and advertise their music to Black audiences.