Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of June 10:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Henry Highland Garnet
Henry Highland Garnet was a NOTED ABOLITIONIST, MINISTER, EDUCATOR, and ORATOR who ALSO:
- With his family, escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad
- Established the Garrison Literary and Benevolent Student Club (after abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison) while a student at the Phoenix High School for Colored Youth
- Used his 1843 speech, “An Address to the Slaves of the United States” to urge enslaved Blacks to rise up and murder their masters, breaking with the more social palatable tradition of “encouraging” free white people of the evils of slavery
- Was appointed Minister to Liberia in 1881
- Was the FIRST Black to deliver a sermon in the U.S. House of Representatives
Extra tidbits: Henry Garnet was renowned for his skills as a public speaker, as evidenced by his affiliation with the American Anti-Slavery Society. Garnet was also a strong supporter of the colonization movement (Blacks returning to Africa). At his request, upon his death, Garnet was buried on African soil.