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 24:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Charles Bennett Ray
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American at Wesleyan University, Charles Bennett Ray ALSO:
- Co-founded the Society for the Promotion of Education Among Colored Children
- Was a member of the American Missionary Association (an abolitionist group whose purpose was to abolish slavery, educate African Americans, and promote racial equality)
- Was owner and editor of The Colored American, a weekly publication dedicated to the moral, social, and political elevation of free colored people, and the peaceful emancipation of slaves
- Was a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad
- Was a member of the American Anti-Slavery Society
Extra tidbits: In spite of legitimately earning his spot at Wesleyan University, Ray’s admission to the school was revoked two months later, on account of the white students who protested having an African American student on campus. Ray’s daughters – Charlotte and Florence – became the first Black female attorneys in the nation. As part of his advocacy work, Charles Bennett Ray was also the co-founder and director of the New York Vigilance Committee.