Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of October 14:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Delilah L. Beasley
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American female to be published regularly in a major metropolitan newspaper, Delilah L. Beasley ALSO:
- Was the FIRST person to present written proof on the existence of California’s Black pioneers in her book, The Negro Trail-Blazers of California (1919)
- Wrote a weekly column for the Oakland Tribune, “Activities Among the Negroes”
- Began her journalism career at age 12 (Cleveland Gazette)
- Largely credited for being the catalyst that influenced the white press stop using “darkie” and “nigger” in their reports, using “Negro” – capital “N”, instead
- Studied journalism under Dan Rudd, publisher of American Catholic Tribune (the only Catholic journal owned and published by Colored men.)
Extra tidbits: The Cincinnati chapter of the National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ) named an award, the “Delilah Leontium Beasley Scholar”, in recognition of Beasley’s contribution to the journalism field. Beasley’s exhaustive research on Black Californians largely contributed to most of what is known about the state’s African American pioneers.