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 4:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About George Lewis Ruffin
In ADDITION to being the editor of the FIRST African American graduate of Harvard Law School, George Lewis Ruffin ALSO:
- Was the first African American to serve on the Boston City Council
Was the first African American judge in the State of Massachusetts
- Served as a delegate to the 1864 National Negro Convention
- Worked as a recruiter for the Union Army
- Supported his family by working as a barber while he attended law school
Extra tidbits: Ruffin is also believed to have been the first African American graduate of an American law school. Ruffin’s wife – Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin – was a history maker in her own right, having served as the first editor of a publication written by and for African American women.