Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of March 11:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About James McCune Smith
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to hold a medical degree, Edward James McCune Smith was ALSO:
- The FIRST African American to run a pharmacy in the U.S.
- A founding member of the New York Statistics Society
- A member of the American Anti-Slavery Society
- Along with Frederick Douglas, started the National Council of Colored People (1853), the FIRST permanent national organization for Blacks
- Denied admission into the American Medical Association because he was Black.
Extra tidbits: Both Smith and his wife, Malvina Burnet, were mixed. To escape racial discrimination, their children passed for white; four of Smith’s sons married white spouses. Smith also enjoyed a career as a public intellectual, having published a number of medical journal articles, essays, and pieces refuting race, and its relationship to intelligence.