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Terence M. Mashingaidze

nationalist politician, first titular president of independent Zimbabwe, statesman, peace broker, clergyman, author, soccer administrator, academic, poet, and journalist, was born on 5 March 1936 at Esiphezini, in Essexvale (now Esigodini) District near Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia. The versatile Banana’s father, Aaron, was a migrant laborer from Malawi while his mother, Jese, was a Zimbabwean Ndebele woman. Banana married Janet Mbuyazwe in 1961; the marriage produced three sons and a daughter. Banana attended Mzinyati primary school and Tegwani High School. He trained as a teacher at Tegwani Training Institute and then attended Epworth Theological Seminary, resulting in his ordination as a Methodist preacher in 1962 Subsequently he worked as a Methodist schools manager principal chairperson of the Bulawayo Council of Churches and member of the Rhodesian Christian Council and World Council of Churches In the 1970s Banana attained a BA with honors in theology through distance learning from ...


Donna L. Halper

for the Negro American League, was born John Lake Caution, Jr. in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the oldest of four children of John Lake Caution, a mill worker, and his wife Annie C. (Collins). Annie Collins’ mother, Julia C. Collins, authored the first non-autobiographical novel by an African American woman to appear in print, The Curse of Caste; or the Slave Bride (1865).

Frank s early years were difficult his mother died when he was five and several years later his father was killed in a mill accident He and his siblings were taken in by their paternal uncle and aunt Cornelius and Ella Caution who lived in Cambridge Massachusetts However Ella died a few months later and the four children were sent to an orphanage where they were all eventually adopted his sister Ethel by a Boston widow named Mary M Davis his brother Russell by an aunt ...