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 23:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Ralph Waldo Tyler
In ADDITION to being the ONLY African American accredited by the U.S. Government as a war correspondent during WWI, Ralph Waldo Tyler ALSO:
- Served as editor of the Afro-American, (the longest-running African American family-owned newspaper in the U.S.)
- On the advice of Booker T. Washington, was appointed Auditor of the Department of the Navy by President Theodore Roosevelt
- Served as National Organizer of the National Negro Business League (NNBL)
- Worked as editor of the Cleveland Advocate (1919)
- During his 20s, worked as a teacher and stenographer
Extra tidbits: Tyler’s government post came to an abrupt end, when he published an article detailing the Wilson Administration’s segregationist policies. Reports from his post as NNBL National Organizer are currently housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.