Mellody Hobson (1969– )

Mellody Hobson and George Lucas "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Mellody Hobson is the president of Ariel Investments (AI), which was founded in 1983 by John W. Rogers, Jr. With the continued growth of the African American middle class, the number of black investors has risen. … Read MoreMellody Hobson (1969– )

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)

Clarence Otis (1956– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Corporate CEO Clarence Otis was born April 11, 1956, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His father, Clarence Otis Sr., worked as a janitor while his mother, Calanthus Hall Otis, stayed home to raise their three children. The family moved to the Watts section … Read MoreClarence Otis (1956– )

Samuel Z. Westerfield (1920-1972)

Ambassador Samuel Westerfield, his wife, Helene, and Their Son, Samuel Westerfield III in Monrovia, ca. 1971. Samuel Z. Westerfield, Jr., a Career Foreign Service Officer, was appointed ambassador to Liberia July 8, 1969 with the title of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He died of a … Read MoreSamuel Z. Westerfield (1920-1972)

Abram Lincoln Harris Jr. (1899-1963)

Abram Lincoln Harris, Jr., the grandson of slaves, was the first nationally recognized black economist. Harris was highly respected for his work that focused primarily on class analysis, black economic life, and labor to illustrate the structural inadequacies of race and racial ideologies.  Harris’s major … Read MoreAbram Lincoln Harris Jr. (1899-1963)

The Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)

Nnamdi Azikiwe as a Member of the Nigerian Youth Movement Image Ownership: Public Domain J.C. Vaughn, Ernest Ikoli, H.O. Davies, and Samuel Akinsanya founded the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM) in 1934. Although based in Lagos, the NYM was the first Nigerian nationalist organization to promote … Read MoreThe Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)