Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of September 15:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Alfred Oscar Coffin
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American to earn a Ph.D. in the biological sciences, Alfred Oscar Coffin ALSO:
- Earned his Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University (1885); he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1889
- Taught for two years at Alcorn A&M College (later Alcorn State University) (1887-1889)
- Was professor of Mathematics and Romance Language at Wiley University (later Wiley College)
- Served as a public school principal in San Antonio, TX, and Kansas City, MO (1898-1909)
- Published Land Without Chimneys, or The Byways of Mexico, the first significant book on Latin Americans published by an African American
Extra tidbits: Coffin published The Origin of the Mound Builders, hailed by many as his most significant scholarly accomplishment. The book detailed Coffin’s experiences tracking the ancient Indian mound builders of the Mississippi Valley to their origin in southeastern Mexico.