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)

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- )

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (1870- )

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was established in 1870 as the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth with 45 students and one teacher, Emma J. Hutchins, to provide secondary education for the city’s African American children after efforts to integrate schools in Washington, D.C. failed. … Read MorePaul Laurence Dunbar High School (1870- )

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

Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreAlexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802 – 1870)