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)

John Abraham Godson (1970– )

John Abraham Godson in the Polish Parliament "Image Ownership: Public Domain" John Abraham Godson, a conservative politician, university lecturer, businessman, and former Pentecostal preacher, is the first person of African descent elected to public office in Poland. He was born on November 25, 1970, in … Read MoreJohn Abraham Godson (1970– )

C. Steven McGann (1951 – )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" C. Steven McGann joined the Foreign Service in 1992 and has since attained the status of Career member, Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor (FE-MC).  His overseas posts have included Taiwan, Zaire, South Africa, Australia, and Kenya. A member … Read MoreC. Steven McGann (1951 – )

Sylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Sylvia Stanfield, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, took up her post as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei in November 1999. President William J. Clinton appointed … Read MoreSylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Marion Williams (1927-1994)

Marion Williams, an American gospel singer, was born in Miami, Florida on August 29, 1927.  Her father, originally from Nassau, Bahamas, worked as a butcher, a barber, and a music teacher while her mother, born in South Carolina, worked as a laundress.  One of 11 … Read MoreMarion Williams (1927-1994)

Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate (1871-1930)

Image Courtesy of the Church of the Living God Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate founded a Pentecostal denomination and became one of the first American women to hold the title, Bishop. Born in Vanleer, Tennessee on January 5, 1871, to Belfield Street and Nancy (Hall) Street, … Read MoreMary Magdalena Lewis Tate (1871-1930)

Jazz in Occupied China: Black Jazzmen at the Japanese Prison Camp in Weihsien, China during World War II

Earl Whaley Band, Shanghai, China, 1937/Weihsien Prisoner-of-War Camp During World War II Image Ownership: Public Domain/Image Courtesy of Palmer Johnson Desmond Power, a third generation British subject born in Tientsin (now Tianjin), China in 1923, was incarcerated along with 1,500 other foreign nationals in 1943 … Read MoreJazz in Occupied China: Black Jazzmen at the Japanese Prison Camp in Weihsien, China during World War II

Sophia Danenberg (1972- )

Image ownership: Public Domain In 2006 Sophia Danenberg became the first African American and first black woman from anywhere in the world to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest in the Himalayas (Nepal).   Sophia Marie Scott was born in 1972 in … Read MoreSophia Danenberg (1972- )