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 3:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Timothy Thomas Fortune
In ADDITION to being known as a respected advocacy journalist, and co-founder of the FIRST Afro-American League, Timothy Thomas Fortune ALSO:
- Worked as a ghostwriter for Booker T. Washington
- Was an autodidact
- Founded the New York Globe (later the New York Freeman; after that, the New York Age), “The Afro-American Journal of News and Opinion”
- Co-founded the militant Afro-American League (AAL) (1887), later disbanded and revived as the National Afro-American League (NAAL) (1889). NAAL was dedicated to obtaining full equality and citizenship for African Americans (The organization would later set the stage for both the Niagara Movement, and the NAACP.).
- Worked as an editor for the UNIA’s (Universal Negro Improvement Association) newspaper, the Negro World (1923)
Extra tidbits: During the course of his journalism career, Fortune’s work was published in over 20 books and articles, and in more than 300 editorials. With Fortune at the helm of the UNIA’s Negro World, the paper’s circulation reached over 200,000, becoming the most widely circulated newspaper in the world, at that time. Fortune died in 1928 at age 72, after having earned and enjoyed a reputation as an uncompromising journalist in his defense and pursuit of African Americans’ human rights.