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Leticia Franqui-Rosario

was born Wilfred Robert Adams, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), the son of Robert Adams, a boat builder. He was educated in Georgetown at St. Stephen’s Scots School, and St. Joseph’s Intermediate. He studied engineering drafting, but then trained as a teacher at the leading British West Indian teachers’ training college, Mico College in Jamaica. After his marriage broke down, he left for England, arriving there in September 1930. Failing to study law because of a lack of the necessary qualifications, he did a number of menial jobs and even became a professional wrestler with the name “The Black Eagle” (there is a 1934 painting by William Roberts of one of his bouts).

Acting then took over. His stage debut, with Paul Robeson in Stevedore, received favorable reviews. A year later he played Jean-Jacques Dessalines to Robeson’s Toussaint Louverture in C. L. R. James’s Toussaint Louverture ...

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Danielle Legros Georges

was born Marie-Thérèse Colimon on 11 April 1918, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Ana Bayard and Joseph Colimon. Her parents were a middle-class couple who encouraged the intellectual development of their eight children. An avid reader as a child, Colimon-Hall completed primary and secondary school in Port-au-Prince, and at age 14 she entered Haiti’s École Normale d’Institutrices (Teacher’s College). She began her teaching career as a very young woman, and took part in Port-au-Prince’s cultural and literary events, publishing poems under the pseudonym Marie Bec. She later traveled to Europe, with a period of study at France’s Centre de Formation Pédagogique in support of a growing interest in preschool education. She would marry Louis Hall, a poet and educator, later in life.

Among the first to develop training programs in Haiti for early childhood education Colimon Hall began her work in the context of an educational reform movement that followed ...