Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742-1803)

Known to his contemporaries as “The Black Napoleon,” Toussaint L’Ouverture was a former slave who rose to become the leader of the only successful slave revolt in modern history that created an independent state, the Haitian Revolution. Born into slavery on May 20, 1743 in the French colony of Saint … Read MoreToussaint L’Ouverture (1742-1803)

José Prudencio Padilla Lopez (1784-1828)

Born March 19, 1784 in the northern coastal territory of La Guajira, Colombia, José Padilla is recognized as one of the first South American-born naval commanders, a founder of the Colombian navy, and a hero in the Latin American wars of independence and the Afro-Hispanic … Read MoreJosé Prudencio Padilla Lopez (1784-1828)

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1722- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” The compact city of Kingstown is the capital of the eastern Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  It is also a major port city for the Windward Islands, a chain of Caribbean Islands that includes locales beyond St. … Read MoreKingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1722- )

Roland Wentworth Boniface Bullen (1944- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Roland Wentworth Bullen was born on Carriacou, one of the six islands that comprise the nation of Grenada. The product of a prominent family that owned several businesses, including the popular restaurant “Callaloo,” Bullen arrived in the United States in 1966. … Read MoreRoland Wentworth Boniface Bullen (1944- )

Piedad Esneda Córdoba Ruiz (1955- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Politician, social and peace activist Piedad Córdoba was born in Medellin, Colombia, on January 25, 1955. She was the second of ten children of Zabulón Córdoba, an Afro-Colombian who rose from humble origins to become a sociology professor and university dean.  … Read MorePiedad Esneda Córdoba Ruiz (1955- )

St. George’s, Grenada (1649- )

St. George’s is the capital of Grenada, an island nation located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The city has an estimated population of 4,300 people in a nation of 105,897 people (2012). St. George’s is positioned on the island’s southern coast on a small peninsula … Read MoreSt. George’s, Grenada (1649- )

Juan Valiente (1505 ca.–1553)

Diego de Almagro Leads First Spanish Expedition into Chile, 1535-1537. Juan Valiente is in the Expedition. “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Juan Valiente, a Spanish-speaking black conquistador, was born in Northwest Africa around 1505 and was enslaved and acquired by the Portuguese.  He was eventually purchased … Read MoreJuan Valiente (1505 ca.–1553)