Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) (1941-1998)

A civil rights leader, antiwar activist, and Pan-African revolutionary, Stokely Carmichael is best known for popularizing the slogan “Black Power,” which in the mid 1960s galvanized a movement toward more militant and separatist assertions of black identity, nationalism, and empowerment and away from the liberal, … Read MoreStokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) (1941-1998)

The Symbionese Liberation Army (1973–1975)

The Symbionese Liberation Army Self-Portrait, 1973 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Coming from the biological term symbiosis, meaning the interdependence of different species, the Symbionese Liberation Army was a radical leftist revolutionary organization that sought to unify all left-wing struggles under one banner. The Berkeley, California-formed … Read MoreThe Symbionese Liberation Army (1973–1975)

Beatrice W. Welters (1951- )

Anthony Welters and Ambassador Beatrice Wilkinson Welters “Image Ownership: Public Domain” On March 10, 2010, Beatrice Wilkinson Welters was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, having been named to that post by President Barack Obama.  Prior to that, … Read MoreBeatrice W. Welters (1951- )

Elliot Percival Skinner (1924-2007)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Elliott Percival Skinner, a leading late 20th Century anthropologist, also served as the United States ambassador to the Republic of Upper Volta (the West African country renamed itself Burkina Faso in 1984).  Skinner was born on June 20, 1924 in Port … Read MoreElliot Percival Skinner (1924-2007)

Geoffrey Lamont Holder (1930-2014)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Geoffrey Lamont Holder, acclaimed choreographer and legendary figure in the dance world, was also a respected actor, Tony Award-winning director, costume designer, singer, music composer, voice-over artist, orator, painter, sculptor, and photographer.  Holder was born to a middle-class family in Port … Read MoreGeoffrey Lamont Holder (1930-2014)

British Corps of Colonial Marines (1808-1810, 1814-1816)

During the first two decades of the 19th Century, escaped American slaves formed a military cadre called Britain’s Royal Navy Corps of Colonial Marines.  After the War of 1812 these former soldiers established Trinidad’s “Merikin” communities.  These black marines in the British Navy were first organized in 1808 to … Read MoreBritish Corps of Colonial Marines (1808-1810, 1814-1816)

St. Maurice (ca. 250-ca. 287)

Statue of St. Maurice c. 1240-1250, Magdeburg Cathedral of St. Maurice and St. Catherine, Author Unknown, Pictures @ 1979 Menil Foundation,  Houston, Texas Image Courtesy of the Menil Foundation St. Maurice is commemorated throughout churches in modern Germany as a black African dressed as a … Read MoreSt. Maurice (ca. 250-ca. 287)

Learie Constantine (1901-1971)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Learie Nicholas Constantine, Baron Constantine, was an international cricketer, journalist, politician, and lawyer. Constantine was the first person of African/Caribbean ancestry to be invested as a life peer in the United Kingdom. Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1901 he was … Read MoreLearie Constantine (1901-1971)