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 30:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Robert Robinson Taylor
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Robert Robinson Taylor ALSO:
- Is widely regarded as the FIRST academically trained African American architect
- Designed most of the buildings on the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) campus prior to 1932
- Is the father of architect and Chicago business leader Robert Rochon Taylor
- Is the great-grandfather of Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama
- Was appointed one of five directors of the Negro Farmer (1914-1965), a Tuskegee-based periodical
Extra tidbits: Taylor also served as a trustee for Fayetteville State Teachers College (later Fayetteville State University). While a student at MIT, Taylor earned honors in trigonometry, architectural history, differential calculus, and applied mechanics. Taylor died of a heart attack at age 78 on December 20, 1942.