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Estelle Appiah and Margaret D. Rouse-Jones

a pioneering Roman Catholic priest who served in the Gold Coast (modern-day Ghana) in West Africa and the Leeward Islands, West Indies, was born in Dominica on 28 March 1910. He was the son of Sheriff Montague and Mary Bowers. From an early age, he showed an interest in the priesthood. His father, who was a head teacher of the Massacre Government Primary School, had been the roommate of George James Christian at the Mico Training College in Antigua in the 1890s. Bowers’s father had told his son about Christian, who had migrated to the Gold Coast in 1902. Bowers had met Christian during one of the latter’s return visits to Dominica in 1922.

On completion of his secondary education in Dominica Bowers set out on his journey of self discovery He enrolled at the only seminary in the United States that accepted students of African descent ...

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Liliana Obregón

Bartolomé de Las Casas is a controversial figure, whose prolific and complex writings continue to raise questions after five centuries of study and debate. Though known as the most unrelenting advocate of Native American interests before the Spanish Crown, he endorsed the colonial system and played a role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade Throughout his life he denounced the violence and abuse that were inherent in Spanish policies towards Native Americans while he proposed more benevolent forms of colonization As a strategic reformist and in the hope of saving indigenous lives he initially advocated that imported African slaves be used in place of Native American forced laborers However towards the end of his life Las Casas regretted his promotion of black slavery and was deeply troubled by having condoned any form of human bondage Ironically through his repentance he became the first colonist of the sixteenth century to denounce ...

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Jeremy Rich

pope, was born somewhere in North Africa, probably in the mid-third century CE. Little is known of his background. His name is also given as “Melchiades.” He must have belonged to the vibrant North African church community that would later include Augustine of Hippo. Miltiades endured the brutal persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian, but it is unclear how he survived them or if they had any personal consequences for him. He was described in the Liber Pontificalis chronicle of the early Roman church as a member of a certain Marcellinus s clergy Early church historian Eusebius of Caesarea contended that Miltiades reigned as pope for four years though some sources indicate three or so What is clear is that his short tenure as bishop of the Roman Christian community came at a dramatic time He was elected bishop around 310 just as Roman military leader Constantine was battling ...