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 29:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Jonathan Jasper Wright
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to serve on a state supreme court, Jonathan Jasper Wright ALSO:
- Was the first African American admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar
- Worked as legal advisor to the Freedmen’s Bureau
- A delegate to the South Carolina Constitutional Convention
- Elected to serve on the South Carolina state senate
- Established the law department at Claflin College
Extra tidbits: Wright was also a delegate to the National Convention of Colored Men, chaired by Frederick Douglass. In 1865, Wright was sent by the American Missionary Society to South Carolina to organize schools for Blacks. Not much is known about Wright’s personal life.