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 9:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Charlotta Bass
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American female in the U.S. to own and operate a newspaper, Charlotta Bass ALSO:
- Was the FIRST African American woman to receive the Progressive Party’s nomination for Vice President
- Was a founding member of California’s Independent Progressive Party
- Through her work as a journalist, helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement
- Published the California Eagle, one of the longest-running African American newspapers in L.A. (1912-1951)
- Was co-president of the Los Angeles chapter of the U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association)
Extra tidbits: Bass used her position as editor and owner of the California Eagle to write about the unjust social and political conditions African Americans endured. Bass also founded the Industrial Business Council, which fought employment discrimination and encouraged Black entrepreneurship. During her career, Bass also served as Director of the Youth Movement of the NAACP. Under her leadership, the Youth Movement grew to some 200 members, and included actresses Lena Horne and Louise Beavers among its ranks.