Independent Historian

Linda Lewis is a native of Brooklyn, New York and has been a resident of Philadelphia for the past 29 years.  Her long standing love for African American history began at an early age as she had a thirst of knowledge of her heritage.  She is the Senior Advisor of Philadelphia Youth Action, Inc. (, a student-led non-profit that inspires youth to lead and provides them with the resources and support to serve their communities.  She is a dedicated and passionate community volunteer and received the 2005 Volunteer Award from the Tavis Smiley Foundation.  Ms. Lewis is a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where she serves on the Cancer Survivors and Support Ministry.  She is the mother of two adult daughters and two precious grandchildren.

Charles Joseph Nelson (1921-2011)

Ambassador Charles Joseph Nelson was born in 1921 and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan.  He was a 1942 graduate of Lincoln University, a historically black college in Pennsylvania where his field of study was Public Administration and Political Science. Upon graduation, Nelson was drafted into … Read MoreCharles Joseph Nelson (1921-2011)