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 13:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Richard Theodore Greener
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American graduate of Harvard College, Richard Theodore Greener ALSO:
- Was admitted to Harvard as part of “an experiment” in the education of African Americans
- Won several prizes in writing and speaking while in undergrad
- Was also the FIRST African American professor at the University of South Carolina (Mental and Moral Philosophy), an accomplishment unheard of during that period
- Was U.S. Consul at Bombay, India
- Was a law professor and Dean of Howard Law School
Extra tidbits: From his post in Bombay, India, Greener was later transferred to Vladivostok, Russia, where he reported to D.C. on the progress of the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the growth of the European Union, and the local impact of China’s Boxer Rebellion. Greener was also appointed Principal of the Male Department at The Philadelphia Institute for Colored Youth. Greener also worked as a clerk for the Treasury Department. His first wife, Belle de Costa Greene, was personal librarian to J.P. Morgan.