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Alice Eley Jones

was born in Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina, the youngest child of Tupper Webster Jones (1916–2013), a businessman, merchant, and civic leader, and Pearlene Clario Robbins (1920–1987), a housewife, churchwoman, and Chowanoc descendant.

Jones’s family and extended family hailed from free mixed-race families who pioneered and settled northeastern North Carolina, having immigrated from southeastern Virginia as early as 1740, some marrying into surviving landowning families of the Chowanoc, Meherrin, and Tuscarora Nations. From these unions arose generations of prosperous, independent, landowning farmers, skilled artisans, and business owners. By 1831 seven families owned twelve slaves and in 1851 land was purchased near the town of Winton whereupon Pleasant Plains Baptist Church was constructed Prideful of their Revolutionary War military service several men enlisted in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War During Reconstruction a number of Jones s maternal family members were elected ...

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María de Lourdes Ghidoli

of his family since slavery, was born in the city of La Plata in the province of Buenos Aires in 1928. He was the son of Tomás Nemesio Platero, a historian of African descent, and Ana Francisca Prola, of Italian descent, who had five other children: Ana María, Rodolfo, Sara, María Isabel, Susana and Carmen. He was also the grandchild of Tomás Braulio Platero, a prestigious notary and one of the first African-descended people to obtain a university degree in Argentina. At the end of the 1950s Platero married his first wife, Dalila Manganiello. From this first marriage he had at least three children, two of whom survived him. His second wife, Marta Susana Gutiérrez, died in 2008 and was the library director of the Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina.

For the Platero family it was essential that their sons and daughters attend university This emphasis ...