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 27:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Maggie Lena Walker
In ADDITION to being the FIRST FEMALE U.S. Bank President, Maggie Lena Walker ALSO:
- At age 14, joined the local council of the Independent Order of St. Luke (one of several African American fraternal organizations dedicated to Blacks’ social and financial advancement)
- Graduated from the Richard Colored Normal School (1883)
- Co-founded the Richmond chapter of the NAACP
- Chartered the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank (of which she later became president)
- Received an honorary Master’s degree from Virginia Union University (1927)
Extra tidbits: While serving as Grand Secretary for the Independent Order of St. Luke, Walker brought the organization from the brink of bankruptcy to $3.5 million and an additional $100,000 in reserve. In 1904, Walker helped organize a boycott of the Virginia Passenger and Power Company’s segregation policies. The company went out of business within the year.