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 6:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Issac Myers
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American labor union president, Issac Myers ALSO:
- Helped launch the Chesapeake Marine Railway & Dry Dock Company as a counter to Black workers being fired in favor of hiring whites
- Started a weekly newspaper, The Colored Citizen
- Worked as a porter and shipping clerk during the Civil War
- Founded the Colored Building & Loan Association, the Maryland Colored State Industrial Fair Association, and the Colored Businessmen’s Association
- Worked as a postal inspector; was one of the first postal inspectors assigned to criminal detection
Extra tidbits: Chesapeake Marine Railway & Dry Dock won several government contracts during their years in operation. The company was founded when Black workers – ousted from their jobs by white men upset over Black men taking “their” jobs – were able to pool their resources and raise $10,000 to help form the company. Chesapeake Marine also raised an additional $30,000, and was able to pay off its mortgage within three years.