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 17:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Kelly Miller
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American admitted to Johns Hopkins University, Kelly Miller ALSO:
- Attended Howard University on scholarship, where he earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and law degree (LL.D)
- Was a mathematician, sociologist, essayist, and newspaper columnist
- Enjoyed a 50-year career as one of Black America’s most prominent public intellectuals
- Was a professor of Mathematics (1890-1895), and Professor of Sociology (1895-1934) at Howard University; he later served as Dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences
- Was a prolific writer whose weekly columns appeared in over 100 newspapers across the country, throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s
Tidbits: Though Miller was the first African American admitted to Johns Hopkins University, he was not able to graduate from the institution due to financial constraints (it was suggested the tuition hike at implemented at Johns Hopkins during that time was done to “force” Miller from the school, so his leaving would not have appeared to be racially motivated). Miller also assisted W.E.B. DuBois in editing “The Crisis”, the official publication of the NAACP. While at Howard, Miller also earned a PhD in Mathematics.