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 28:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American Diplomat, Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett was ALSO:
- Born a FREE Black
- The FIRST Black student to attend the Connecticut Normal School (later Connecticut State University) – nearly 100 years BEFORE Brown v. Board of Education
- Was a passionate educator and abolitionist
- Taught at the Institute for Colored Youth (later Cheyney University of Pennsylvania)
- Through his Presidential appointment (Ulysses S. Grant), became one of the highest-ranking Blacks in the U.S. government
Extra tidbits: Bassett was widely known and respected for the value he placed on human rights, as well as for his courage in the face of oppression. After leaving his diplomatic post in 1877, Bassett served 10 years as the American Consul General for Haiti. During the Civil War, Bassett assisted Union efforts by raising troops for the army.