María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró (1965– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” María Isabel Urrutia Ocoró, Olympic champion weightlifter and politician, was born in Calendaria, Department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on March 25, 1965. Her mother, Nelly, was a homemaker and her father, Pedro Juan, was an industrial mechanic. Sources differ, but … Read MoreMaría Isabel Urrutia Ocoró (1965– )

Maurice S. Parker (1949- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Ambassador Maurice S. Parker is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Department of State.  On April 30, 2007 Parker was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. ambassador to … Read MoreMaurice S. Parker (1949- )

Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante (1981- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante became the first Miss Mexico of African descent. With that victory she completed in the Miss Universe pageant in Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002. Cruz was born in Mérida, Yucatán, México, on … Read MoreEricka Yadira Cruz Escalante (1981- )

Larry L. Palmer (1949- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On November 1, 2011, President Barack H. Obama appointed Larry L. Palmer the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. On March 30, 2012, the U.S. Senate confirmed Palmer’s nomination and he reported to his post in Bridgetown, Barbados. … Read MoreLarry L. Palmer (1949- )

José Prudencio Padilla Lopez (1784-1828)

Born March 19, 1784 in the northern coastal territory of La Guajira, Colombia, José Padilla is recognized as one of the first South American-born naval commanders, a founder of the Colombian navy, and a hero in the Latin American wars of independence and the Afro-Hispanic … Read MoreJosé Prudencio Padilla Lopez (1784-1828)

Roland Wentworth Boniface Bullen (1944- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Roland Wentworth Bullen was born on Carriacou, one of the six islands that comprise the nation of Grenada. The product of a prominent family that owned several businesses, including the popular restaurant “Callaloo,” Bullen arrived in the United States in 1966. … Read MoreRoland Wentworth Boniface Bullen (1944- )

Luis Gilberto Murillo (1967- )

  "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Politician, mining engineer and expatriate intellectual Luis Gilberto Murillo grew in a poverty stricken village of Andagoya, Colombia, an area inhabited mostly by people of African descent. Murillo was one of six children of a mine worker and organizer for … Read MoreLuis Gilberto Murillo (1967- )

Piedad Esneda Córdoba Ruiz (1955- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Politician, social and peace activist Piedad Córdoba was born in Medellin, Colombia, on January 25, 1955. She was the second of ten children of Zabulón Córdoba, an Afro-Colombian who rose from humble origins to become a sociology professor and university dean.  … Read MorePiedad Esneda Córdoba Ruiz (1955- )