Bob Marley (1945-1981)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, 1945 on his grandfather’s farm in the rural interior of the island of Jamaica.  His mother was an eighteen year old Black Jamaican named Cedella Malcolm.  His father was Capitan Norval Sinclair … Read MoreBob Marley (1945-1981)

Maryse Condé (1937- )

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Antillean author Maryse Condé was born on February 11, 1937, in Pointe-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe, where her parents were members of the island’s black middle class. After a childhood she describes as “not at all interesting,” Condé left Guadeloupe at sixteen to … Read MoreMaryse Condé (1937- )

Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758-1806)

Reviled for his brutality yet honored as one of the founding fathers of Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines was second in command under Toussaint L’Overture during the Haitian Revolution and was the general who emerged after L’Overture’s capture to lead the insurgents in declaring Haitian independence on … Read MoreJean-Jacques Dessalines (1758-1806)

Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)

Image Ownership: Public domain The Haitian Revolution has often been described as the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere.  Slaves initiated the rebellion in 1791 and by 1803 they had succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the … Read MoreHaitian Revolution (1791-1804)

Roberto Clemente (Walker) (1934-1972)

Image Courtesy of Don Sparks Roberto (Walker) Clemente is widely considered one of the leading right fielders in baseball; he is as well known for his selfless humanitarian dedication to providing aid to Latin American people in need. Clemente was born in barrio San Anton … Read MoreRoberto Clemente (Walker) (1934-1972)

Antonio Maceo Grajales (1845-1896)

The Cuban leader Antonio Maceo Grajales is considered the “most popular leader of the nationalist movement.” Maceo was the son of a Venezuelan mulatto and an Afro-Cuban woman.  He joined the independence movement in 1868. During the thirty year period of the Cuban War, he … Read MoreAntonio Maceo Grajales (1845-1896)