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 6:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Oscar James Dunn
In ADDITION to being the FIRST ELECTED African American lieutenant governor in the U.S., Oscar Dunn ALSO:
· Began his political career speaking at mass public meetings, where he demanded suffrage and legal equality for Blacks
· A Captain in the Union Army – 1st La. Native Guards, one of the first all-Black regiments to fight for the Union during the Civil War
· Was raised by his mother, a free woman of color, and his stepfather (Dunn’s biological father was unknown)
· Played the guitar
· Was an investigation agent for the Freedmen’s Bureau
Extra tidbits: Dunn was widely respected for his integrity and dedication to service. At the time of his death, he was being considered for the Office of Vice President of the U.S. Dunn died before the end of his first term; the circumstances surrounding his death led many to believe his death was a homicide.