Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of May 15:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Maurice Ashley
- He was the FIRST African American to win the title of International Grandmaster of Chess
- He earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from CCNY (The City College of New York)
- At age 33, he became the FIRST African American to earn the rank of International Master
- In 2003, he was named Grandmaster of the Year by the U.S. Chess Foundation
- He created and launched his own iTunes app – “Learn Chess with Maurice Ashley”
Extra tidbits: Ashley’s family moved to the U.S. from St. Andrew, Jamaica; he was inspired to play chess by watching his older brother play, and at age 12, began teaching himself the game. His success as an African American chess player enabled him to coach TWO inner-city chess teams to national championships – Raging Rooks of Harlem, and the Dark Knights (Mott Hall Middle School – Harlem). Ashley has gone on to create one of the most successful chess programs for children in the United States. He is currently a chess commentator for ESPN-2.