John Andrew Burroughs Jr. (1936–2014)

John Andrew Burroughs, Jr. was an equal opportunity advocate and diplomat who was born in Washington, D.C. on July 31, 1936. He spent his youth in Washington, D.C. before moving to the Midwest to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.  While there … Read MoreJohn Andrew Burroughs Jr. (1936–2014)

Aurelia Erskine Brazeal (1943- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ambassador Aurelia Erskine Brazeal was a career diplomat and the first black woman to be named ambassador by three Presidents. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed her ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.  Three years later President Bill Clinton … Read MoreAurelia Erskine Brazeal (1943- )

John F. Hicks (1949- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” John F. Hicks is a diplomat and global educator who served as a United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). A native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Hicks was born in 1949. Hicks holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from … Read MoreJohn F. Hicks (1949- )

Harare, Zimbabwe (1890- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Harare (formerly known as “Fort Salisbury” or “Salisbury”) is the largest city in Zimbabwe with a population of 1.6 million. It serves as Zimbabwe’s seat of government and Zimbabwe’s commercial and industrial center.  The city is located in Northern Zimbabwe in … Read MoreHarare, Zimbabwe (1890- )

Lilongwe, Malawi (15th Century?- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Lilongwe, named after the Lilongwe River that runs through the town, became the official capital of the landlocked country of Malawi in 1975.  In 2012 Lilongwe city had an estimated population of 781,000 people making it the largest city in the … Read MoreLilongwe, Malawi (15th Century?- )

Clements Kadalie (1896-1951)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Clements Kadalie, an early South African trade unionist and political activist, was born in April 1896 in Nkhata Bay District in Nyasaland (now Malawi). His parents Musa Kadalie Muwamba had two sons with Clements the youngest. Kadalie graduated in 1913 at … Read MoreClements Kadalie (1896-1951)

John Chilembwe (c. 1871-1915)

John Chilembwe and Family Image Ownership: Public Domain John Chilembwe was a Baptist educator and political leader who organized an uprising against British colonial rule in Nyasaland (today Malawi). Though details about Chilembwe’s early life are largely undocumented, it is believed that he was born … Read MoreJohn Chilembwe (c. 1871-1915)

Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (c. 1896-1997)

Hastings Banda, the first president of Malawi, was initially presented to the Malawi people by British Colonial officials as the best person who could lead them into independence. Later as the country’s self-declared “life president,” Banda transformed this African democracy into a repressive dictatorship that … Read MoreDr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda (c. 1896-1997)

Ethiopianism

Ethiopianism is an Afro-Atlantic literary-religious tradition that emerged out of the shared political and religious experiences of Africans from British colonies during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  Ethiopianism linked Africa historically to the ancient classical era, challenging the then prevailing idea that the … Read MoreEthiopianism