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 9:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Mary Eliza Mahoney
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to study and work as a professional nurse, Mary Eliza Mahoney ALSO:
- Co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN) (1908)
- Served as director of the Howard Orphan Asylum for Black Children (1911-1912)
- Because of racial discrimination, spent most of her 40-year nursing career working as a private nurse
- In 1909, became a lifetime member of the NACGN
- Was one of the FIRST Black members of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada (later the American Nurses Association)
Extra tidbits: NACGN established the Mary Mahoney Award in her honor in 1936. Mahoney was inducted into the American Nurses Association (ANA) in 1976. Additionally, Mahoney was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. The Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center (Oklahoma City), and the Mary Mahoney Lecture Series (Indiana University Northwest) were named in her honor.