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 5:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Cora Mae Brown
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American woman elected to a U.S. State Senate (1952), Cora Mae Brown ALSO:
- Earned a sociology degree from Fisk University
- Earned a law degree from Wayne State University (1948)
- Was appointed Special Associate General Counsel of the U.S. Post Office (1957)
- Ran unsuccessfully for U.S. State Representative from Michigan’s 1st District (1956)
- Was an officer with the Detroit Police Department (1941-1946)
Extra tidbits: During her political career, Cora Brown worked hard on the Federal Employment Practices Commission law to create parity for African Americans in the workplace. She also worked as Executive Director on the President’s (Eisenhower) Committee on Government Contracts to ensure private firms with government contracts complied with fair employment practices.