Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of May 12:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Frances Ellen Watkins
In ADDITION to being the hailed as the “Mother of African American Journalism”, Frances Ellen Watkins ALSO:
- Published her first book of poetry at age 20
- Began her political advocacy career after joining the American Anti-Slavery Society
- Was the FIRST woman to teach at Union Seminary
- Helped escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad
- Helped found the National Association of Colored Women, serving as Vice President
Extra tidbits: Watkins was educated at the Academy for Negro Youth, an institution founded by her abolitionist uncle, Rev. William Watkins. Watkins published several books of poetry, and wrote countless magazine articles throughout her career, focusing on the education of women, “passing”, miscegenation, abolition, Reconstruction, and social responsibility, earning her the nickname “Mother of African American Journalism”. Watkins published her first novel, “Iola Leroy”, at age 67.