Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of March 9:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Alice Allison Dunnigan
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American female correspondent to receive White House credentials, Alice Allison Dunnigan ALSO:
- Was the FIRST Black female member of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives press galleries
- Became the FIRST Black journalist to accompany a U.S. President during his travels (she covered Harry S. Truman’s 1948 campaign trip)
- Got her start writing for the Owensboro Enterprise
- Served as chief of the Washington bureau of the Associated Negro Press (1947-1961)
- Was named Education Consultant on the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (1961)
Extra tidbits: Dunnigan briefly worked as a history teacher in Kentucky Public Schools. Noticing the dearth of information pertaining to Black history, she began preparing Kentucky Fact Sheets as supplements to her students’ textbooks. The collection, “The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians: Their Heritage and Tradition”, was eventually published in 1982. Dunnigan’s autobiography, titled “Alice A. Dunnigan: a Black Woman’s Experience” (1974), detailed her life – from her childhood in Russellville, Kentucky, on through her career as a White House correspondent. During a career spanning over six decades, Alice Dunnigan received over 50 journalism awards.