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 8:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Hiram Rhodes Revels
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to serve in the U.S. Senate, Hiram Revels ALSO:
- Co-founded Alcorn State University
- Taught Theology at Shaw University
- Was an ordained A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) minister
- Served as Mississippi Secretary of State (1873)
- As a Senator, served on the Committee of Education and Labor
Extra tidbits: Because of the Dred Scott decision, Southern Democrats challenged Revels’ right to serve in his elected position; Revels’ supporters, however, argued that as he was of mixed ancestry (Scottish and African American), Hiram was indeed a U.S. citizen, according to the Constitution, and was subsequently able to take his oath of office. Revels also worked as editor of the Southwestern Christian Advocate, the official newspaper of the A.M.E. Church.