The Almoravids/al-Murabitun (1040CE–1147CE)

The Almoravid Empire "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Almoravids, or al-Murabitun as they called themselves, were an Islamic Berber dynasty that established an empire in Morocco and eventually took it over a wide region of Northwest Africa including modern Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and part … Read MoreThe Almoravids/al-Murabitun (1040CE–1147CE)

John Andrew Burroughs Jr. (1936–2014)

John Andrew Burroughs, Jr. was an equal opportunity advocate and diplomat who was born in Washington, D.C. on July 31, 1936. He spent his youth in Washington, D.C. before moving to the Midwest to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.  While there … Read MoreJohn Andrew Burroughs Jr. (1936–2014)

John F. Hicks (1949- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” John F. Hicks is a diplomat and global educator who served as a United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Hicks was born in 1949. Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from … Read MoreJohn F. Hicks (1949- )

Black Belt Republic (1928-1934)

Black Belt Republic Poster, 1932 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Black Belt Republic was a proposed black autonomous state in the American Deep South proposed by African American communists and for a time endorsed by the Soviet Union and the international communist community. The Black … Read MoreBlack Belt Republic (1928-1934)

[King Magi] The Black Magus (c 1350– )

The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1520 @The Victoria and Albert Museum, London The black Magus, or King, in Renaissance Adoration pictures is an enigmatic figure as no black African king is known to have visited Europe during this period. However, blacks, at the time, … Read More[King Magi] The Black Magus (c 1350– )

Clements Kadalie (1896-1951)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Clements Kadalie, an early South African trade unionist and political activist, was born in April 1896 in Nkhata Bay District in Nyasaland (now Malawi). His parents Musa Kadalie Muwamba had two sons with Clements the youngest. Kadalie graduated in 1913 at … Read MoreClements Kadalie (1896-1951)

Prester John

1603 Dutch Map Showing the Kingdom of Prestor John in East Africa Image Ownership: Public Domain The legend of Prester John, a wealthy Christian king with a kingdom somewhere outside of the Western European realm, pervaded European thought throughout the Middle Ages.  The limited understanding … Read MorePrester John

John Chilembwe (c. 1871-1915)

John Chilembwe and Family Image Ownership: Public Domain John Chilembwe was a Baptist educator and political leader who organized an uprising against British colonial rule in Nyasaland (today Malawi). Though details about Chilembwe’s early life are largely undocumented, it is believed that he was born … Read MoreJohn Chilembwe (c. 1871-1915)

(1966) Julius Kambarage Nyerere, “The Dilemma of the Pan-Africanist”

Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1966 Julius Kambarage Nyerere was President of the Republic of Tanzania.  When President Kenneth Kaunda of neighboring Zambia became the first Chancellor of the University of Zambia when it was inaugurated on July 13, 1966 he invited Nyerere, also the … Read More(1966) Julius Kambarage Nyerere, “The Dilemma of the Pan-Africanist”

(1962) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “The Future of Pan Africanism”

By 1962 Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996) was a well-known independence leader in Nigeria.  As President of the Nigerian Senate he was one of the most powerful individuals in the government of the young nation.  Azikiwe, like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Leopold Senghor of Senegal, and Jomo … Read More(1962) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “The Future of Pan Africanism”