Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of November 12:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
In ADDITION to being the African American who performed the FIRST open-heart surgery, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams ALSO:
- Founded Provident Hospital, the FIRST non-segregated hospital in the U.S.
- Was appointed surgeon-in-chief of Freedman’s Hospital under Pres. Grover Cleveland’s administration
- Co-founded the National Medical Association (the medical association for African American doctors) in 1895
- Was a charter member and the ONLY African American doctor in the American College of Surgeons
- Was the FIRST African American cardiologist
Extra tidbits: Williams’ father, Daniel Hale Williams, Jr. was a barber and free black who also worked with the Equal Rights League. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him on his list of “100 Greatest African Americans”.