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 27:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About C.C. Antoine
In ADDITION to establishing the FIRST Colored Regiment in the Union Army, Caesar Carpenter (C.C.) Antoine ALSO was:
- The son of a West Indies mother of NOBLE African blood, and a father who was one of the few Black male veterans of the War of 1812
- Captain in the Union Army, where he established Company I, 7th Louisiana Colored Regiment, Corps d’Afrique
- Louisiana’s THIRD Black lieutenant governor
- Louisiana’s Interim Governor (1876)
- Vice President of the Comité des Citoyens (Committee of Citizens), the organization that orchestrated the Plessy v. Ferguson case that challenged Louisiana’s Jim Crow laws, and later became the foundation upon which Brown v. Board of Education was successfully argued
Extra tidbits: In addition to an impressive career in politics, C.C. Antoine was also an entrepreneur and newspaper publisher (New Orleans Louisianan, 1870-1872). After his death in 1921, an extensive obituary was published in the now-defunct Shreveport Journal, an unheard of action, as most white publications were not amenable to printing Negro obits, regardless of the person’s social or political status. Today, C.C. Antoine is the focal point of a major inner-city revitalization project in Shreveport, Louisiana that bears his name.