Thelma Beatrice Johnson Streat (1912-1959)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” African American artist and dancer Thelma Johnson Streat was born in Yakima, Washington on August 29, 1912, the second of Gertrude Beatrice Carson and James A. Johnson’s five children.  Streat’s artistic ability was evident at a young age.  She graduated from … Read MoreThelma Beatrice Johnson Streat (1912-1959)

Gail Dennise Mathieu (1951?- )

Ambassador Gail Dennise Mathieu with Niger Officials in Niamey, Niger, 2003 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Gail Dennise Mathieu, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was appointed United States Ambassador to Niger by President George W. Bush in 2002. She remained in Niamey, the … Read MoreGail Dennise Mathieu (1951?- )

Sylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Sylvia Stanfield, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, took up her post as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei in November 1999. President William J. Clinton appointed Ambassador Stanfield to the … Read MoreSylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Uncle Tom Revisited: Rescuing the Real Character from the Caricature

Tom and Eva Image Ownership: Public Domain Today the phrase “Uncle Tom” evokes a powerfully negative image in American society.  It depicts a weak, subservient, cringing black man who betrays his race and its struggle for liberation.  David Reynolds, an English professor in the Graduate … Read MoreUncle Tom Revisited: Rescuing the Real Character from the Caricature