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 22:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Elijah McCoy
In ADDITON TO being the African American who created the FIRST automatic lubricator for steam engines, Elijah McCoy:
- Held 57 U.S. patents, among them the folding ironing board and the lawn sprinkler
- Was the child of slaves who escaped on the Underground Railroad into Canada, where he was born a free Black
- His parents saved money to send him to Scotland, where he became certified in mechanical engineering
- Inspired the slogan, “The Real McCoy”, a phrase used when people wanted to know if what they had was “the real thing”
- In 1920, formed the Elijah McCoy Manufacturing Company, through which he improved upon and sold his inventions
Extra tidbits: McCoy was married twice; his first wife, Ann Elizabeth Stewart, died four years after they were married. McCoy and his second wife, Mary Eleanor Delany, were married 50 years. She died from injuries sustained after a car accident.