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Richard A. Bradshaw and Juan Fandos-Rius

politician in the Central African Republic (CAR), was born 3 December 1928 in Zémio in the southeastern part of the French colony of Ubangi-Shari to Ngbaka Manza parents from Damara in central Ubangi-Shari. He attended the École des cadres supérieurs (school for upper-level cadres) in Brazzaville, then the École normale d’instituteurs (teacher training college) at Mouyondzi in the Middle Congo. These were schools that provided training for promising students from all over French Equatorial Africa (FEA), and so young Adama-Tamboux came to know many future leaders of the independent states which would later emerge in this region during the process of decolonization.

In 1950 Adama Tamboux attended a professional training course for one year at the École normale de Saint Cloud Saint Cloud teacher training school in Paris He then returned to Ubangi Shari where he was appointed head of the school district in Ouham province a primarily Gbaya ...

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André Willis

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1920 and Harvard Law School in 1923, a time when very few African Americans gained admittance to Ivy League schools. Alexander enjoyed a successful career in private practice, directly challenging racism and discrimination and helping end segregation in a number of Philadelphia institutions, before becoming counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Between 1933 and 1935 Alexander served as president of the National Bar Association and sought a federal appointment. Although the prevailing racial climate made it difficult for him to break into national politics, Alexander was appointed honorary consul to the Republic of Haiti in 1938. He was considered for an ambassadorship to Ethiopia in 1951, but although he had President Truman's support, he was not confirmed. From 1951 to 1958 Alexander committed himself to ...

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Debra A. Reid

foreign service official, was born in New York City to Wesley Orlando Thorburn and Amy Constantine, both of whom were Jamaican natives. His mother studied music at the Juilliard School of Music, and his father studied mechanical dentistry at Pennsylvania State University. Thorburn was the youngest of their three children. He lived in Jamaica for fifteen years and graduated from Wolmer's Boys School in 1945 before returning to the United States in 1946.

In 1947 Thorburn enrolled in Agricultural Economics and Extension Education, which prepared African American men for careers in segregated agricultural extension service offices in all of the ex-Confederate states as well as in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Federal Extension Service, at Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia, earning a BS in 1951 When Thorburn moved from his northern urban birthplace to prepare for a career in agriculture extension blacks employed in segregated agricultural extension service ...