Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of July 13:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things to Know About Violette N. Anderson
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American female admitted to practice for the U.S. Supreme Court, Violette N. Anderson ALSO:
- Served as a courtroom reporter for 15 years, sparking her interest in law
- Was one of the first women of any race in the state of Illinois to engage in private law practice
- Served as the first female city prosecutor in Chicago
- Was the first African American woman to practice law in the U.S. District Court, Eastern Division
- Was the first African American law school graduate in the state of Illinois
Extra tidbits: Violette Anderson also served as the first Vice President of the Cook County Bar Association. She also played an active role in lobbying for the passage of the Bankhead-Jones Act, which provided share croppers and tenant farmers with low-interest loans to buy small farms. Anderson was also a member of the Federal Colored Women’s Clubs, and served as 8th Grand Baselius of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The organization established “Violette Anderson Day” in the month of April to honor her contributions to the organization. She died on December 24, 1937.
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