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 6:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Eva Beatrice Dykes
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American woman in the U.S. to complete the required coursework for a Ph.D., Eva Beatrice Dykes ALSO:
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University with a B.A. in English (1914)
- Earned an M.A. from Radcliffe College (now part of Harvard University); was elected Phi Beta Kappa
- Earned her Ph.D. from Howard University (1921)
- Spent 50 years as a columnist for Message Magazine, a publication affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
- Taught at Walden University (TN), Dunbar High School (D.C.), and Howard University
Extra tidbits: Though Dykes was the first African American woman to complete the required coursework to earn a Ph.D., she is considered the third based on a technicality; the commencement ceremonies of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander and Georgiana Simpson took place earlier in the year, placing Dykes in the number three spot. Before she could earn her M.A., Dykes was forced to earn a second B.A. in English from M.I.T. (Magna Cum Laude), because Harvard would not accept credits from an all-Black institution. Dykes also served as Chair of the English Department and Division of Humanities at Oakwood University, an HBCU located in Huntsville, AL. She died in 1986 at age 93.