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 3:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Clara Stanton Jones
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American president of the American Library Association, Clara Stanton Jones ALSO:
- Was the FIRST African American director of a major city public library (Detroit Public Library)
- Majored in English and History at Spelman College
- Was appointed Commissioner to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (1978-1982) by Pres. Jimmy Carter
- Was a member of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Father of Black History Month Dr. Carter G. Woodson)
- During her career, worked for both Dillard University’s and Southern University’s libraries
Extra tidbits: Jones had memberships in several organizations, including the Public Library Association, the NAACP, and the ACLU. Jones’ appointment to Detroit Library System wasn’t without controversy: Several people, many of whom Jones had considered friends, opposed her appointment as ALA director. Two board members even quit in protest. Jones died peacefully in her sleep at age 99, leaving behind three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.