Paul Foyart

Student Historian
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Paul Foyart is a French student, born and raised in Paris, who studies political science at Sciences Po, and wrote this entry during an exchange year at the University of Washington, Seattle. Interested by History since High School, he intends to pursue his studies in in field of Urban Studies.

Salif Keita (1949- )

Salif Keita is a Malian musician and singer, born in Djoliba, Mali on August 25, 1949. He claims descent from the founder of the Mandingue Empire, Sundiata Keita. His albinism (absence of melanin in his skin) influenced his youth as he was partially rejected by other children.  Moreover, … Read MoreSalif Keita (1949- )

Paul Kagame (1957- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Paul Kagame, the current President of Rwanda, was born in Gitarama, central Rwanda, on October 23, 1957, into a Tutsi family. In 1959 when the massacres of Tutsis by Hutus began, Paul Kagame’s family fled to Uganda along with as thousands of Tutsis, in order to … Read MorePaul Kagame (1957- )

David Chappelle (1973- )

Image Ownership: Public domain David Khari Webber Chappelle, best known as Dave Chappelle, was born on August 24, 1973, to William Chappelle, Professor of statisitcs at Antioch College, and Yvonne Chappelle, an English Professor at Howard University and the University of Maryland. His childhood was then shared between Yellow … Read MoreDavid Chappelle (1973- )

Juvénal Habyarimana (1937-1994)

Image Ownership: Public domain Juvénal Habyarimana, President of Rwanda, was born on March 8, 1937, in Gasiza, in the Gisenyi province of what was at this time the Ruanda-Urundi mandate, controlled by Belgium. Habyarimana was an Hutu, whose parents, Jean-Baptiste Ntibazilikana and Suzanne Nyirazuba, were Christians. He went to … Read MoreJuvénal Habyarimana (1937-1994)

Institute Catholique, The (1848-1915)

Map of New Orleans at the Time of the Founding of the Institute Catholique Image Ownership: Public domain The Institute Catholique, or the Catholic School for Indigent Orphans, was opened in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1848, and aimed to offer a free educationto all African American orphans in the city … Read MoreInstitute Catholique, The (1848-1915)

Louis Delgres (1766-1802)

Image Ownership: Public domain Louis Delgres, born in Martinique on August 2, 1766, was one of the most important figures in the fight against slavery in the FrenchCaribbean colonies. The child of an inter-racial couple—Elisabeth Morin, black, and Louis Delgres, white—he quickly entered the military in 1783 at the … Read MoreLouis Delgres (1766-1802)