Raphael Abraham Frank Mensah (1924-1990s)

Raphael Abraham Frank Mensah (1924-1990s), a schoolmaster and theologian, played a foundational role in bringing Mormonism to Ghana. Born in 1924 in Winneba, Gold Coast, as the British colony of Ghana was then called, he was the eldest of five children, three sons and two … Read MoreRaphael Abraham Frank Mensah (1924-1990s)

Tunis Gulic Campbell (1812–1891)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Tunis Campbell was one of the most successful black politicians in the Reconstruction Era.  Born the eighth of 10 children to free black parents, John Campbell, a blacksmith and his wife (name unknown) in Middlebrook, New Jersey on April 1, 1812, … Read MoreTunis Gulic Campbell (1812–1891)

The Oblate Sisters of Providence (1828- )

The Oblate Sisters in Baltimore, Late 19th Century “Image Ownership: Public Domain” The Oblate Sisters of Providence was the first successful order of Roman Catholic nuns of African descent. Establishing an order of black sisters first started in Kentucky in 1812 under the encouragement of … Read MoreThe Oblate Sisters of Providence (1828- )

Louise Celia “Lulu” Fleming (1862-1899)

Image Ownership, Public Domain Louise Cecelia Fleming, the first African American to graduate from the Women’s Medical College at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was born January 28, 1862 to slave parents on a plantation near Hibernia in Clay County, Florida.  Her father is unknown; she was raised … Read MoreLouise Celia “Lulu” Fleming (1862-1899)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o (AKA James T. Ngugi) (1938- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain African novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a Kenyan author, educator and playwright. With the publication of his first novel, he became a critically-acclaimed author at the age of 29. His work is also published under the pseudonym James T. Ngugi. Ngugi … Read MoreNgugi wa Thiong’o (AKA James T. Ngugi) (1938- )

Alexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802 – 1870)

Alexandre Dumas père, prolific playwright, novelist, travel writer and historian, was born on the 24th July 1802 to Marie Louise Labouret and her husband Thomas Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, who was a military general under Napoleon I. Dumas’ paternal grandfather was the Marquis Antoine-Alexandre … Read MoreAlexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802 – 1870)