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 28:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin
In ADDITION to being the editor of the FIRST newspaper published by and for African American women, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin ALSO:
- Helped recruit Black soldiers for the Union Army
- Helped form the American Woman Suffrage Association
- Was a member of the New England Woman’s Press Association
- In 1895, organized the National Federation of Afro-American women; the following year, the organization merged with the Colored Women’s League to form the Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (Ruffin served as the organization’s VP)
- Was a charter member of the NAACP
Extra tidbits: Ruffin also co-founded the League of Women for Community Service. The organization still exists, today. Her husband, George Ruffin, was the FIRST African American graduate of Harvard Law School, and was also the FIRST African American elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature, as well as the FIRST African American elected to the Boston City Council.