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 30:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Samuel F. Yette
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American Washington Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine, Samuel F. Yette ALSO:
- Earned a B.A. in English from Tennessee State University, and a Master’s in Journalism from Indiana University
- Covered the Civil Rights Movement for several African American publications, including the Afro-American (newspaper) and Ebony Magazine
- Served as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity
- Was a very popular professor at Howard University
- Was also an entrepreneur; launching his own publishing company, Cottage Books
Extra tidbits: After three years as Newsweek’s first Black Washington correspondent, Yette was fired after his book, “The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America” was published. Yette believed he was fired because white people didn’t care for a particular passage in the book: “Blacks are given a choice in this country. To accept their miserable lot or die.” Yette traveled with famed African American photographer Gordon Parks, when he was working for Life magazine, assisting Parks in his work to help document racism and segregation in America.