Maelenn-Kegni Toure

Independent Historian

Maelenn-Kégni Touré is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nantes, France. Taking advantage of her stay at the University of Washington on a six-month exchange program, she has had the chance to study Black History in which she has a great interest. Upon her return to France where she was born and grew up, Touré worked as an intern at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER). She receive her M.A. from the University of Nantes in September 2009.

Jean-Bédel Bokassa (1921-1996)

  Image courtesy of ©Bettmann-Corbis Jean-Bédel Bokassa, longtime dictator and military leader of the Central African Republic, was born in Bobangui, Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa (present-day Central African Republic) on February 22, 1921. Bokassa’s father, a village chief of the Mbaka people, was murdered in … Read MoreJean-Bédel Bokassa (1921-1996)

Tukulor Empire (1852-1864)

  The Tukulor Empire Image Ownership: Public Domain The Tukulor Empire was a Muslim theocracy established during the mid-19th century major jihads (holy wars) in Western Africa. At its apogee, the empire extended from Senegal eastward to Timbuktu, a distance of 1,500 miles. The empire’s … Read MoreTukulor Empire (1852-1864)

Tirailleurs Sénégalais in the Indochina War (1947-1954)

Battle of Dien Bien Phu, 1954 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Indochina War (1947-1954) pitted the French Colonial government against the Vietminh, the Communist Vietnamese devoted to the liberation of their country from French colonial rule.  During that conflict the French used thousands of Tirailleurs … Read MoreTirailleurs Sénégalais in the Indochina War (1947-1954)

African Democratic Rally (1946- )

African Leaders at RDA Conference at Bamako, 1957 Image Ownership: Public Domain The African Democratic Rally, known as Rassemblement Démocratique Africain (RDA), was the first French-speaking Pan-African organization.  Created in 1946 at Bamako, Sudan (now Mali), it emerged when African nationalist and anti-colonialist movements were … Read MoreAfrican Democratic Rally (1946- )

Four Communes of Senegal (1887-1960)

Originaire in St. Louis, Senegal, ca. 1860 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Four Communes of Senegal in French West Africa, Gorée, Dakar, Rufisque, and Saint-Louis, were the only places during the African Colonial period, where African inhabitants were granted the same rights as French Citizens. … Read MoreFour Communes of Senegal (1887-1960)

Cheikh Anta Diop University (1957–)

Class at Cheikh Anta Diop University Image Ownership: Public Domain Cheikh Anta Diop University or Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), located in Dakar, Senegal, is among the largest universities in French-speaking West Africa. The UCAD has a relatively long history as it has evolved from … Read MoreCheikh Anta Diop University (1957–)

Adolphe-Félix-Sylvestre Eboué (1884-1944)

Felix Eboue Greets Charles De Galle on his Visit to Chad, 1940 Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress Adolphe-Félix-Sylvestre Eboué, French Colonial Administrator, was the grandson of slaves but was born a free man on December 26, 1884, at Cayenne, French Guiana, a French … Read MoreAdolphe-Félix-Sylvestre Eboué (1884-1944)

Ligue Universelle pour la Défense de la Race Noire (1924)

George Marke, Prince Kojo Tovalou-Houenou, and Marcus Garvey, 1924 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Ligue Universelle pour la Défense de la Race Noire (LUDRN) was a Pan-African association created on April 30, 1924, by Kojo Tovalou Houénou known as Tovalou, descendant of the last King … Read MoreLigue Universelle pour la Défense de la Race Noire (1924)