Charles Savarin (1943- )

Charles Angelo Savarin is a former Member of Parliament and current President of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Savarin was a Senator in Parliament during the interim government (1979-1980), during the first term of Dame Eugenia Charles’s Administration when the Dominica Freedom Party (1980-1985) had the … Read MoreCharles Savarin (1943- )

Sylvanus Olympio (1902-1963)

Sylvanus Olympio was the first president of Togo and also served as prime minister. He was born on September 6, 1902, in Lome, Togoland, then a German colony. Olympio’s grandfather had emigrated from Brazil in the mid-19th century. Young Sylvanus was one of 30 children. … Read MoreSylvanus Olympio (1902-1963)

Richard Robert Wright Jr. (1878-1967)

American sociologist, social worker, and minister Richard Robert Wright Jr. was born on April 16, 1878, in Cuthbert, Georgia to Richard Robert Wright, Sr., who had been born into slavery but graduated from Atlanta University and founded the National Freedom Day Association. Wright’s mother, Lydia … Read MoreRichard Robert Wright Jr. (1878-1967)

Chris Dickerson (1939-2021)

Chris Dickerson, born Henri Christophe Dickerson, was the first African American to become Mr. America. He was born August 25, 1939, the youngest of triples, in Montgomery, Alabama. After his parents’ divorce, Dickerson entered a Quaker boarding school in Ohio, where he gained an interest … Read MoreChris Dickerson (1939-2021)