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André Willis

Clifford L. Alexander Jr. was born in New York, New York. He graduated from Harvard University in 1955 and Yale Law School in 1958. Alexander worked on a number of community development initiatives in Harlem, New York, before being appointed to a series of political positions in Washington, D.C., in the 1960s and 1970s.

Alexander served as a National Security Council foreign affairs officer under President John F. Kennedy in 1963. He was appointed to three high-ranking advisory positions between 1964 and 1967, including deputy special counsel to the president, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1967 Johnson named Alexander chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), a position he filled until Richard Nixon took office in 1969.

After a brief return to private practice in Washington D C Alexander resumed a role in public life as host and producer of ...

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Jeffrey R. Yost

chemist, was born in Elgin, Illinois, to Augustus Hall, a Baptist minister, and Isabel Hall. In the 1830s his paternal grandfather had been a founding member and later pastor of the first African American church in Chicago, Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME). Hall developed an interest in chemistry while attending East High School in Aurora, Illinois, where he was a debater and athlete, competing in football, baseball, and track.

After receiving a number of scholarship offers, Hall chose to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1916 He continued his studies in chemistry taking graduate courses at the University of Chicago During World War I he served in ordnance as a lieutenant working on explosives in a Wisconsin weapons factory He suffered from racial harassment at this factory and requested and was granted a transfer after which things improved ...

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Juluette Bartlett Pack

president and chief executive officer of Oxen Hill Partners, a nationally known organization specializing in leadership development programs and brand enhancement strategies, was one of five children and the second daughter born to Ural Noble Langston, a construction worker, and Indiana Billingslea, a homemaker, in Canton, Georgia. Both Langston and her older sister, Patricia Ann were born in what was affectionately known as the “the Little House,” a wonderful three bedroom home built in the rear and to the side of the home owned by her paternal grandparents, Noble Langston and Roxie Upshaw. Her grandparents lived in “the Big House,” which was a lovely stucco and brick home that faced the highway that ran through the town of Canton.

When Marian was a year old her parents moved to Stratford Connecticut where they had three more children each one carrying a middle name in honor of ...

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Celso Roberto Pitta do Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to a middle-class family. His father was a tradesman and his mother a public servant. At the age of sixteen, after his father's death, Pitta took his first job as a clerk at the Ministry of Planning.

He received his first degree in economics in 1968, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and traveled to England, where he completed a master's degree in transportation economics at Leeds University in 1971. Pitta then studied advanced administration at the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1980. Pitta worked as a consultant in the fields of administration and finance, and worked for several Brazilian businesses, including Estaleiros Mauá and Casa da Moeda do Brasil. Pitta moved to São Paulo in 1986, where he worked for a large private corporation called Eucatex.

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Cajetan N. Iheka

Nigerian economist, business consultant, and politician, was born in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of present-day Anambra state, Nigeria, on 28 July 1960. Soludo was born to Pa Simeon Nwankwo Soludo and Mgbafor Soludo. Mgbafor, Soludo’s mother, died in 1968, when he was eight years old. At the time Soludo was born, Nigeria was preparing for independence, which Britain granted on 1 October 1960. Anambra state, where Soludo was born, was part of the defunct Eastern region at that time. It was to become part of the East-Central state until the politics of state creation in Nigeria named it Anambra, and it is one of the states that constitute Nigeria’s South-East geopolitical region today.

After his secondary education which he passed with a distinction grade Soludo secured admission into the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka in the present day Enugu state to study economics Here too Soludo ...

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Paulette K. Polley-Edmunds

corporate executive, management consultant, attorney, and author, was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Marian Thomas, a social worker from Georgia whose maiden name is unknown, and Albert Thomas, an engineer from South Carolina. The younger of two children, Pamela's older brother, Vincent, became a lawyer and law school associate dean. She grew up with a mother who worked outside the home and a father who supported women developing themselves intellectually and professionally. Albert Thomas maintained the same expectations of performance for both Pamela and her brother. Both parents were strong believers in the principles of obtaining an education and applying oneself. The climate in the Thomas home also held civil rights leaders and lawyers in high esteem, which motivated Pamela and Vincent to dream of becoming lawyers in the tradition of Thurgood Marshall Pamela loved to read and she excelled in her ...

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Jeremy Rich

businessman and official, was born on 16 February 1922 in Bensonville, Liberia. His father was an Americo-Liberian politician, William Richard Tolbert Sr. His mother was Charlotte Augusta Hoff-Tolbert. His father's family had originally moved from South Carolina to Liberia. Tolbert attended primary school from 1927 to 1935 at the Central National School in White Plains, Liberia. In 1936 he enrolled in the secondary school division of the University of Liberia, and he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Liberia in 1941. Clarence Simpson Sr., then the Liberian Secretary of State, hired Tolbert as both his personal secretary and chief of the passport division. In 1944 Tolbert obtained a government scholarship to study at Howard University in Washington, DC. He transferred to the University of Michigan in the following year and graduated in 1948 with an undergraduate and a master s degree in forestry Upon returning ...

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Jeremy Rich

Cameroonian human rights activist and businesswoman, was born in Tcheboa, a town located in the Bénoué department of the province of North Cameroon on 28 November 1951. She attended secondary school in the northern Cameroonian city of Garoua and in the southern port city of Douala. Yaou passed her baccalaureate examinations in 1971. Once she had completed her secondary education, Yaou studied economics at the University of Rouen in France. Yaou received her undergraduate degree in economics in 1975. From 1975 to 1979, Yaou enrolled at Georgetown University and Claremont Graduate School in the United States, where she eventually earned a master’s degree in business administration.

Yaou returned to her homeland and was hired almost immediately by the Société Nationale des Investissements SNI This parastatal organization served to promote economic development Back again in Cameroon she was chosen to become the Minister of Women s Affairs ...