(2009) Barack Obama, “A New Beginning Between the United States and the Muslim World”

On June 4, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a major speech addressing the relationship between the United States and the Muslim World at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. The text of the speech appears below. Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I am honored … Read More(2009) Barack Obama, “A New Beginning Between the United States and the Muslim World”

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)

African Military Slaves in the Muslim Middle East

In the following article Professor Emeritus Jere L. Bacharach, a specialist in Medieval Middle Eastern history, describes the little known saga of one of the largest groups of persons of African descent in the region, military slaves.  These enslaved men, utilized for centuries in the … Read MoreAfrican Military Slaves in the Muslim Middle East

Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace (1881-1960)

Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution Marcelino Manoel da Graca anglicized Charles Grace and best known as Sweet Daddy Grace was founder of the United House of Prayer for All People.  Born off the coast of West … Read MoreCharles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace (1881-1960)