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Sharon M. Collins

businessman, was born James Hamilton Lowry in Chicago, Illinois, the younger of two sons of Camille (Caldwell) Lowry, a seamstress and postal worker, and William Abrose Lowry, a postal worker. Jim Lowry's parents had come to Chicago as children from America's rural South during the Great Migration. Grounded by their parents' race-consciousness and southern roots, Lowry and his brother, William Jr., were raised on Chicago's South Side in a comfortable and protected working-class black environment. He thrived in the strange paradox of black ghetto life in the 1940s and 1950s, which was close-knit and economically diverse and where successful black role models were visible and accessible. Lowry went to A.O. Sexton, a neighborhood elementary school, until recruited in 1953 into a high achieving private school known as the Francis W Parker School an overwhelmingly white but relatively egalitarian school on Chicago s affluent North Side ...

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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

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 ...