Marcia A. Santacruz Palacios (1977–)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Human rights activist and political scientist Marcia Alexandra Santacruz Palacios was born in Puerto Tejada, northern Cauca, Colombia, an area exploited by mining companies and whose largely poor Africa-descended population has resided for four centuries alongside indigenous peoples. Aware of the … Read MoreMarcia A. Santacruz Palacios (1977–)

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)

Leslie M. Alexander (1948- )

Ambassador Leslie Alexander With Presidential Candidate Bill Richardson, 2008 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ambassador Leslie M. Alexander was a Career Foreign Service Officer. He was appointed by President William J. Clinton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to three nations: Mauritius and the Comoros where he … Read MoreLeslie M. Alexander (1948- )

The Chota Valley, Ecuador (1533– )

The Children of the Chota Valley “Image Ownership: Public Domain” The Chota Valley is located in Ecuador, spanning the provinces of Carchi, Esmeraldas, and Imbabura in the Northwest corner of the country along the border with Colombia. The Valley has ten to fifteen villages with … Read MoreThe Chota Valley, Ecuador (1533– )

Nolle Smith (1888-1982)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Nolle Smith, cowboy, politician, diplomat, was born on his parents’ ranch in Horse Creek, Wyoming in 1888 but grew up in Cheyenne where he graduated as valedictorian of his high school class at Cheyenne High School in 1907.  The son of … Read MoreNolle Smith (1888-1982)