Charles Muhamed Huber (Karl-Heinz Huber) (1956- )

Prominent Afro-German politician, actor, and author Charles M. Huber was born Karl-Heinz Huber in Munich, Germany, on December 3, 1956, the illegitimate son of Senegalese diplomat Jean-Pierre Faye, a nephew of  Léopold S. Senghor, the first president of independent Senegal, and German domestic worker Olga Huber. He was raised by his … Read MoreCharles Muhamed Huber (Karl-Heinz Huber) (1956- )

Baaba Maal (1953- )

Professional singer and guitarist Baaba Maal was born in 1953 in Podor, Northern Senegal, in a fishermen’s family belonging to the Toucouleur people. Nevertheless, his first contact with music came from his parents, as his father sang in their local mosque, and his mother sang during communal ceremonies. His interest … Read MoreBaaba Maal (1953- )

Homer Smith, Jr. (1909-1972)

Homer Smith, Jr., best known for his fourteen-year sojourn in the Soviet Union, was born in 1909 in Quitman, Mississippi to parents Mr. and Mrs. Homer Smith, Sr.  In 1916, at the age of seven, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota with his parents. Between 1922 and 1928, Smith studied journalism at the … Read MoreHomer Smith, Jr. (1909-1972)

The Almoravids/al-Murabitun (1040–1147)

The Almoravids, or al-Murabitun as they called themselves, were an Islamic Berber dynasty that established an empire in Morocco and eventually took it over a wide region of Northwest Africa including modern Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and part of Algeria.  The emprire stretched as far south … Read MoreThe Almoravids/al-Murabitun (1040–1147)

Jean-Baptiste Belley-Mars (ca. 1747-ca. 1805)

Jean-Baptiste Belley-Mars, who represented Saint-Domingue in the French National Convention in Paris in 1794, is widely credited with persuading that body to abolish slavery in France and its overseas colonies. Belley-Mars as a boy was kidnapped by slave catchers on the island of Goree near … Read MoreJean-Baptiste Belley-Mars (ca. 1747-ca. 1805)