Operations Moses, Joshua, and Solomon (1984-1991)

In three covert military operations, called Moses, Joshua, and Solomon, over twenty thousand Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel to escape hardship. This ancient community, called Beta Israel (House of Israel in English), lived in relative isolation from the rest of the Jewish world for … Read MoreOperations Moses, Joshua, and Solomon (1984-1991)

Ali Al’amin Mazrui (1933–2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Ali Al’amin Mazrui was a Kenyan intellectual in the fields of political science, African studies, and Islamic studies. The father of the African Liberalism ideology (an economic perspective on Africa critical of western powers and Marxism/Socialism) was an often controversial figure … Read MoreAli Al’amin Mazrui (1933–2014)

Temple Beth El (Bethel or Beth’El) (1951–)

Rabbi Rigoberto Vines Presenting Torah to Temple Beth El, March 29, 2009 “Image Ownership, CBS News” Temple Beth El is a historically, and to this day predominantly, African American synagogue located in the West Oak neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Not to be confused with Ethiopian … Read MoreTemple Beth El (Bethel or Beth’El) (1951–)

Suzan Denise Johnson Cook (1957– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Suzan Johnson Cook is a religious leader, pastor, motivational speaker, and diplomat who was born on January 28, 1957, in Harlem, New York. Her father, Wilbert Johnson, was a trolley driver and later founder of a successful security company, and her … Read MoreSuzan Denise Johnson Cook (1957– )

America’s Black Ambassadors: A Historical Snapshot

In the article below, Carlton McLellan, PhD, a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST), briefly describes the history of the more than one hundred and forty black women and men who have led diplomatic delegations as U.S. Ambassadors in ninety-five … Read MoreAmerica’s Black Ambassadors: A Historical Snapshot

Elizabeth Davenport McKune (1947- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ambassador Elizabeth Davenport McKune was born on November 15, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. She became a Foreign Service officer in 1973 and specialized in the Middle East. McKune is the daughter of West Point graduate Colonel Clarence M. Davenport, Jr. and … Read MoreElizabeth Davenport McKune (1947- )

Gina Kay Abercrombie-Winstanley (1957- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the first woman diplomat to lead a U.S. consulate in the gender conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, also serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Malta (appointed in 2011). Gina Kay Abercrombie was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where her … Read MoreGina Kay Abercrombie-Winstanley (1957- )

Hugh Heyne Smythe (1913-1977)

Ambassador Hugh Smythe and His Wife Mabel Murphy Smythe, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, 1965 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Diplomat, scholar and author Hugh Heyne Smythe was born on August 19, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His mother was a housemaid and his father, who died when … Read MoreHugh Heyne Smythe (1913-1977)