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 2:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About William Wells Brown
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American novelist, William Wells Brown ALSO:
- Was a pioneer in several literary genres, including travel writing, fiction, and drama
- Was an abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian
- Was largely recognized as the first African American playwright
- Was among the first writers inducted into the Kentucky Writer’s Hall of Fame
- Studied homeopathic medicine; he operated a practice in Boston’s South End District
Extra tidbits: As an abolitionist, Brown lectured against democracy, and the use of religion to promote submissiveness among slaves. In 1847, he published “The Narrative of William W. Brown, A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself”, which became a best seller. The book critiqued his master’s lack of Christian values, and the brutal use of violence in master-slave relations.