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 24:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About The Afro-American
- It was the FIRST African American-owned, and longest-running African American-owned family newspaper in the U.S.
- It was founded in 1892 by John H. Murphy, a FORMER SLAVE
- It counted Langston Hughes, William Worthy, and J. Saunders Redding as members of its reporting staff
- It launched the career of renowned African American artist Romare Bearden
- It became the FIRST Black newspaper to employ a female sportswriter, Lillian Johnson
Extra tidbits: The Afro-American stationed several of its reporters in Europe, the Aleutians, Africa, Japan, and other parts of the South Pacific during WWII. Elizabeth Murphy Phillips Moss (John Murphy’s granddaughter) was the FIRST Black female correspondent. The Afro-American collaborated with the NAACP in their lawsuit against the University of Maryland Law School; their efforts eventually led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision outlawing segregated schools.