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 22:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Constance Baker Motley
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Constance Baker Motley ALSO:
- Earned a B.A. in Economics from NYU (1943); earned her law degree from Columbia Law School (1946)
- Wrote the original complaint in Brown v. Board of Education
- Was the FIRST African American woman elected to the New York State Senate
- Was the FIRST African American federal court judge
- Worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund as a civil rights lawyer
Extra tidbits: Motley worked as a law clerk for Thurgood Marshall. Motley’s mother Rachel founded the New Haven (CT) chapter of the NAACP. Motley also represented multiple “Freedom Fighters” during the course of her legal career, and won 9 out of the ten cases she argued before the Supreme Court. She died in 2005 at age 84.