John Bowman Banks (1862-1911)

Dr. John Bowman (“J.B.”) Banks was the first Black physician to practice medicine in Natchez, Mississippi. He recruited Dr. Albert Woods Dumas, the second Black physician to practice in the city. Together with four other businessmen, they founded an African American bank in Natchez called … Read MoreJohn Bowman Banks (1862-1911)

Mokgweetsi Masisi (1962- )

Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi has been serving as the president of the Republic of Botswana since 2018. Masisi was born on July 21, 1962, in Mosopa, but was raised in Gaborone, Botswana. His father, Edison Masisi, was a government official for the village of Moshupa, … Read MoreMokgweetsi Masisi (1962- )

Johan Ferrier (1910–2010)

Johan Henri Eliza Ferrier was a Surinamese politician who was the first President of Suriname, serving from November 25, 1975, to August 13, 1980. He was also the country’s last governor-general before independence, serving from 1968 to 1975. Ferrier was born on May 12, 1910, … Read MoreJohan Ferrier (1910–2010)

Hubert Maga (1916-2000)

Hubert Maga was the first president of Dahomey (Benin). He was born on August 10, 1916 in Parakou a city in northern Dahomey then a French colony and attended local primary schools in Parakou. He later attended the prestigious school Normale William Ponty in Dakar, … Read MoreHubert Maga (1916-2000)

François Tombalbaye (1918-1975)

François Tombalbaye was the first President of Chad. He was born on June 15, 1918 in the village of Bessada in southern Chad which was then a French colony. His family were from the Sara ethnic group. Tombalbaye attended primary school in the town of … Read MoreFrançois Tombalbaye (1918-1975)