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 2:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Estelle Massey Osborne
In ADDITION to being the FIRST Black nurse in the U.S. to earn a Master’s degree, Estelle Massey Osborne ALSO:
- Was the FIRST Black instructor at NYU
- Served as President of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN)
- Was the FIRST African American director of nursing at City Hospital #2 (Homer G. Phillips Hospital), Missouri
- Was the FIRST Black consultant to the National Nursing Council for War Service
- Was the first African American member of the nursing facility at NYU (1946)
Extra tidbits: Estelle Osborne worked as an associate professor at NYU while employed at the Nursing Council for War Service. She became a full-time faculty member in 1947. In 1929, Osborne became the first Black nurse to receive the Julius Rosenwald Fund scholarship award for advanced study. In 1949, Estelle was selected as an official delegate to represent the American Nurses Association at the meeting of the International Council of Nurses. In 1982, the Estelle M. Osborne Memorial Scholarship – to be awarded to a Black nurse pursing a Master’s degree in nursing – was established in her honor.