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Paul Nugent

Informed writing about Africa and its people dates back to the era of the slave trade However most of these earlier accounts were written by travellers traders missionaries and consular officials whose methods were random by contemporary standards and who often had an axe to grind African Studies as ...


Samson Akanvose Aziabah

Professor Emeritus of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, received his elementary education at Berekum Catholic Primary School from 1941 to 1949 and continued to Achimota Secondary School for the period of 1950 to1956. In 1957, he was one of four students who won the Shell Ghana Independence Scholarship and was subsequently admitted into the University College of Ghana in October of the same year to study for a bachelor’s degree in geography. Upon completion of his degree program, he taught geography briefly at the Achimota School, and in October 1961 he left for the London School of Economics to pursue his postgraduate education. Benneh obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1964.

In 1964 he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Ghana. He became a senior lecturer in 1973, an associate professor in 1976 and a full professor ...


Christopher R. Reed

During November 2008 a group of scholars in Chicago who shared a common interest in both their city and its people and history assembled fittingly at the Du Sable Museum of African American History to formally organize the Black Chicago History Forum. The original planners who attended the sixty-first meeting of the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture in Chicago in 1976 included Darlene Clark Hine, Robert T. Starks, Christopher R. Reed, and Eric Perkins. The founding members in attendance in November 2008 at the Du Sable Musuem included Darlene Clark Hine Robert T Starks Christopher R Reed Robert Howard Timuel Black and Charles V Hamilton Dempsey J Travis and Lerone Bennett Jr did not attend due to previous commitments With the venue selected representative of the institutional vitality of African American research on Chicago the group broached the problem of choosing the most functional ...


Joan Marie Johnson

Cedar Hill was the home of Frederick Douglass and his family from 1878 until his death in 1895; it was later purchased, preserved, and opened to the public by two African American associations. Douglass wrote many of his post-Reconstruction speeches and articles in his study at Cedar Hill, most notably, his third autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. He lived there with his first wife, Anna Murray Douglass; one of their children, Rosetta Douglass Sprague; various grandchildren; his second wife, Helen Pitts Douglass; and her mother.

The home is located in the Uniontown section of Washington, D.C., and was named Cedar Hill by Douglass after the large cedar trees on the property. Before Douglass, a land developer named John Van Hook had owned the home but lost it in 1867 to the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company when his business failed. In 1877 ...


Adam W. Green

academic and writer, was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Oliver John Golden, an African American agronomist, and Bertha Bialek, an English teacher of Polish-Jewish descent. Communist sympathizers who found life in America as an interracial couple extremely difficult, Oliver and Bertha led an expedition of sixteen African American agricultural experts to the Soviet Union in 1931 in an attempt to assist the USSR's agricultural development, specifically the cotton industry in Uzbekistan. Shortly after Golden's birth, her parents were offered work at universities in Tashkent, capital of the then-named Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1937 the family was given an ultimatum by the Soviet government to leave the country or renounce their American citizenship As Golden later wrote Neither my father nor my mother was inclined to take their newly born child back to the racism and intolerance that they had experienced in the United States p 15 ...


Charles Rosenberg

a trained agronomist who organized a team to help the Soviet Union develop its economy, and remained in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic until his death, was born on a cotton farm in Yazoo County, Mississippi, the son of Hilliard and Catherine Golden.

Golden's father was born in Mississippi in 1844, to parents born in North Carolina, while his mother was born in Texas, to a father born in North Carolina and a mother born in Virginia. He had older sisters born between the years 1862 and 1886 (Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Biddie, Miriam, Virginia Mamie), and younger brothers and sisters born between 1891 to 1900 (Willie, Lily, and Viola). Golden's parents and grandparents had all been enslaved from birth until 1863 After emancipation Hilliard Golden saved money to acquire a substantial cotton farm but ...


Scott Yanow

jazz pianist, was born in Detroit, Michigan. Hanna began playing piano when he was eleven years old. His first music teacher was his father, a preacher at the local church, who also played saxophone. His brother played trumpet and violin. Hanna doubled on the alto saxophone when he was attending Cass Technical High School, although he did not pursue that instrument.

Hanna began working professionally in Detroit clubs in 1948 when he was sixteen years old. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, he became a significant part of the rich Detroit jazz and piano scene, following in the footsteps of Hank Jones and his contemporaries Barry Harris and Tommy Flanagan.

Moving to New York to study at Juilliard in 1955, Hanna gained attention and displayed his versatility during stints with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1958 including performing at the Newport Jazz ...


Jonathan Morley

In 1978Edward W. Said (1935–2003), a Palestinian musicologist, journalist, and cultural critic living in America, published Orientalism, a revisionist study of the academic discipline by the same name, thereby revolutionizing how we view textual representations of other cultures and helping to shape post‐colonial studies.

Said, a member of the Palestinian National Council from 1977 to 1991, was fluent in French and hence familiar with the work of Marxist cultural theorists such as Foucault and Kristeva, as well as that of the early generation of Third World historians such as Samir Amin, Anwar Abdel Malik, and C. L. R. James He considered knowledge and power to be inextricably linked at the time a radical stance and treated the subject Orientalism until then renowned for its traditions of scholarship and breadth of learning simply as a worldly body of discourse exhibiting the ideological prejudices ...


Charles Rosenberg

American foreign service officer who served as ambassador to Malaysia, Togo, and Mauritius, was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the son of Wilbur and Ethel Roberts Palmer. His father was an equipment operator on a road construction crew. In later years Palmer seldom mentioned his father, while giving great credit to his grandparents and great-grandparents for his upbringing, particularly his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Fortune Palmer Jackson.

In 1998 he recalled I came from western Pennsylvania where I had had to fight almost every day of my life as a boy until I got so big that folks left me alone Palmer p 250 He described Jackson as of 18th century tri racial pioneer descent and said that she had a homestead in Fayette County Pennsylvania His maternal grandfather Jim Roberts was a coal miner and his maternal grandmother Sallie Dangerfield Roberts was the daughter of Anthony Dangerfield An enslaved man ...


Kenneth J. Blume

educator and diplomat, was born in Troy, New York, to William and Julian (Crawford) Powell. He was educated in Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey, and graduated from the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, the New York College of Pharmacy, and the Ashmun Institute (named for Jehudi Ashmun, a white American administrator in 1820s Liberia, and later renamed Lincoln University) in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

In 1869 Powell was teaching freedmen at the Presbyterian Board of Home Mission, in Leesburg, Virginia. The following year he opened what is believed to be Virginia's first state school for black children in Alexandria, and he served as its director from 1870 to 1875. With few exceptions the rest of his career centered on education in New Jersey. He served as the principal of a school in Bordentown, New Jersey, from 1875 to 1881, and in 1881 he obtained a ...


Angela Bates

professional football player, businessman, and historic preservationist, was the youngest of six children born to Fred and Ora Switzer of Nicodemus, an all African American town in northwestern Kansas. He grew up playing football on the dusty dirt streets of Nicodemus. He liked fishing and hunting and especially helping with farm chores. He attended grade school at Nicodemus until the eighth grade and then attended nearby Bogue High School. While in high school he played on the football and basketball teams and ran track. He lettered each year in all three sports.

Upon graduation in 1950, Switzer entered Kansas State University as one of the first African Americans to receive a football scholarship to the university. While at Kansas State he lettered three years in both football and track and was named to the All Big Seven three years in a row. In 1952 Switzer ...