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 3:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Sarah J. Tompkins Garnet
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American female school principal in New York City, Sarah J. Tompkins Garnet ALSO:
- Helped found the Equal Suffrage Club
- Was a supporter of the Niagara Movement, a predecessor to the NAACP
- Worked and served as a teacher and principal for over 50 years
- Taught at the African Free School of Williamsburg
Extra tidbits: Garnet’s little sister, Susan McKinney Steward was accomplished in her own right, having become the first African American female in NY to earn an M.D. Garnet died peacefully in her sleep at age 88, shortly after accompanying her sister Susan to London to see her present her paper, “Colored American Women” at the 1911 Universal Race Congress, in London.