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 29:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About George Washington Williams
In ADDITION to writing the FIRST formal history of the African American experience, George Washington Williams ALSO:
- Was the FIRST African American graduate of Newton Theological Institution (1874)
- Was a Civil War veteran; he enlisted in the Union Army at age 14
- Was the FIRST African American elected to the Ohio State Legislature
- Was appointed “Minister Resident and Consul General” to Haiti by Pres. Chester A. Arthur, though he never served in the position
- Was a lawyer and Baptist minister
Extra tidbits: Williams wrote “A History of Negro Troops in the War of Rebellion”, and “The History of the Negro Race in America 1619-1880”, the first history of African Americans. Williams also earned a reputation for the oral histories he captured detailing the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War. He also wrote “An Open Letter to King Leopold II” concerning the mistreatment of African peoples residing in the monarch’s Congo Free State.