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George Reid Andrews

The son of former slaves, João Cândido was born in the cattle-ranching country of southern Brazil. In 1895, at the age of fifteen, he joined the Brazilian navy, which at that time had a very clear racial hierarchy. While the officer corps was exclusively white, an estimated 80–90 percent of the enlisted seamen were Afro-Brazilian, many of them forcibly recruited against their will. Slavery had been abolished in Brazil only a few years earlier, in 1888, and many officers continued to treat crews as though they were in fact slaves. Conditions of service were extremely harsh; and even though whipping had been outlawed in the navy in 1890, it was still widely used as a means of discipline.

Brazil joined the naval arms race of the 1890s and early 1900s expanding its fleet to become the largest naval power in Latin America Cândido himself was sent ...

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Jeremy Rich

women's activist and Mau Mau fighter, was born at the Church of Scotland Mission in Thogoto, Kenya on 21 June 1936. Her father was Tiras Waiyaki Munyua, the first African chief inspector of police in the colony of Kenya. Her mother was Elizabeth Wairumu Waiyaki. Her family belonged to the Kikuyu ethnic community. As a young girl, Otieno took pride in stories about her great-grandfather, Waiyaki wa Hinga, a famed late nineteenth-century Kikuyu leader exiled by the British colonial government in 1892 for opposing its colonial conquest of central Kenya She also lived in the Christian Kikuyu community in her childhood where English missionary teachers refused to address Kenyan students by African names and where European culture was often presented as superior to African achievements Her mother refused to allow Otieno to be circumcised which meant she faced criticism from many who felt not going through this ...

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Jeremy Rich

rebel leader and politician, was born in 1922 in the village of Kaheti in the South Tetu region of Nyeri district, located in central Kenya. His father, Itote, was a successful famer and his mother was Wamuyu. Like most residents of Nyeri, Itote's family belonged to the Kikuyu ethnic community. Itote began to attend a Church of Scotland mission school at Kiangure in 1929, but his father opposed this education on the grounds it took the boy away from farming. In 1933 Itote continued his primary education at Mihuti school. He then left his hometown for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in 1939 because he could not progress far in his education and was frustrated with his family. There he worked briefly in a factory before starting a vegetable business with several friends. In 1940 he married Leah Wambura. The produce-selling venture closed in 1941 To make ...