James Forten was an African American abolitionist and wealthy businessman. He was born a free man in 1766 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. At the age of 8 James’s father died in a tragic boating accident, James then had to take on
Richard Allen was a founder and the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The AME church is the oldest African American church in the United States. Richard was a minister, educator, writer and leader. The AME church grew
Mama Africa – was the nickname for the South African Singer, Songwriter, Actress and United Nations goodwill ambassador. Miriam Makeba was also a civil rights activist, she fought against the white apartheid system in South Africa. Some of the musical
Richmond Barthé is an African American sculpture, he is most often associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Barthé was born in 1901 and died on March 5, 1989. He is best known for his portrayal of black subjects in his artwork.
Arthur Zang is 33 years old and from Cameroon. Arthur invented a medical pad that makes it possible to give heart examinations in rural areas. The Cardiopad is essentially a mobile electrocardiogram. He attended the Polytechnic University of Yaounde in
John Ballard was a former slave from Kentucky, he was one of the early settlers in Los Angeles County. John is also one of the founding members of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. And he was the
When I first heard about the Rock hewn churches in Lalibela I wanted to go there to check them out. Never could I have imagine that I would simply fall in love with Ethiopia. It is an absolutely beautiful place.
Octavia Butler is an African American science fiction author who was born in Pasadena, California and described herself as “… an oil and water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.” Octavia’s lived June 22, 1947 – February 24,
Editor of the Memphis Free Speech Ida B. Wells was born in 1862 and died in 1931. She was the daughter of Native American father and a Black/African mom. Her father was a carpenter and her mom was a cook.
Alexander Miles born on May 18, 1838, died on May 7, 1918, wan African American inventor known for his patent innovating technology for the opening and closing of elevator doors. The patent was issued on October 11, 1887. Learn More