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 7:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Harry S. McAlpin
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American reporter to attend a Presidential news conference, Harry S. McAlpin ALSO:
- Studied journalism and advertising at the University of Wisconsin
- Worked as a reporter for the Washington Tribune, an African American newsweekly
- Was also a practicing attorney, passing the D.C. bar in 1937
- At age 65, was the FIRST Negro hearing examiner for the Agricultural Department (1971)
- Served as the only African American assistant commonwealth attorney in Louisville, KY
Extra tidbits: McAlpin worked as a hearing officer for the Social Security Administration. He was also a war correspondent for the U.S. Navy. In the 1950s, McAlpin recorded an essay for newsman Edward R. Murrow’s “What I Believe” program, called “The Courage to Change the Things I Can”, in which he discussed his experiences as a Black man in America.
You can listen to McAlpin in his own words, here.