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Hassoum Ceesay

religious leader, diplomat, cabinet minister, educationist, and ardent nationalist, also known as J. C. or Reverend Faye, was born in Bathurst (present-day Banjul, Gambia) to Wolof and Serer parents. His father was a shipwright and his mother a housewife. Faye attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and the Methodist Boys High School in Banjul, where he completed his studies in 1926. He got his teachers’ certificate in 1927. From 1927 to 1942, he taught at various mission schools in Bathurst, the capital and main administrative center of the British colony of Gambia.

In 1942 Faye helped start the famous Kristikunda School in Kantora in the Upper River Division of Gambia opening the gates of education to the people living in the Gambian interior which the British ruled as a protectorate The school whose name in the local Fula language means Christ s home was a bold experiment in ...


LaVerne Gray

minister, politician, educator, and writer. After serving as a U.S. representative from New York, Flake became the minister and leader of New York City's largest African American church, the Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral in Queens. He elevated the membership to over eighteen thousand and assisted the economic growth of the church through concentrated efforts in community development. In 2002 Flake became president of Wilberforce University, one the oldest historically black colleges, in Ohio. He worked in the private, educational, and government sectors while simultaneously serving in the church.

Floyd Harold Flake was born in Los Angeles, the third of thirteen children born to Robert Flake, a janitor, and Rosie Lee Flake a homemaker When Flake was still small the family relocated to Houston Texas Growing up Flake was resourceful and his parents stressed a strong work ethic He was always working delivering ...


Alonford James Robinson

Edler Garnett Hawkins was born in Bronx, New York, to Albert and Annie Lee Hawkins. He received a bachelor of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1938 After graduation he entered the ministry and was the first pastor of Saint Augustine Presbyterian Church in the Bronx ...


Wayne C. Solomon

was born in Iere Village Princes Town, Trinidad, to Sonny Mohammed and Koolsum Ali Mohammed. His family were the descendants of indentured servants and contract workers, brought from various parts of India in the mid-nineteenth century, to cultivate sugar cane by British planters, after the end of slavery in Trinidad. The East Indians, as they were called by the British, to distinguish them from the indigenous settlers (commonly called Indians), were imported as an alternative labor source in Trinidad and other British colonies following the emancipation of enslaved Africans in 1833. In 1938, the year of Mohammed’s birth, Trinidad witnessed a wave of protests by Indian- and African-descended laborers, the prelude to the island’s eventual independence from British rule in 1962, under its first prime minister, Eric Williams.

Mohammed was born into a Muslim family His grandfather wanted him to become a Muslim scholar Among the ...


Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Zimbabwean political activist, was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, on 13 July 1908. His father was a Scottish bricklayer who had immigrated to New Zealand in the 1860s. He was educated at Otago University and Glen Leith Theological College in New Zealand as well as at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He started work at a family business known as Thomas Todd & Sons before becoming a minister; he was ordained in 1931 in the Evangelical Order of the Associated Churches of Christ. He married Jean Grace Wilson.

In 1934 he migrated to Southern Rhodesia present day Zimbabwe to continue with missionary work He became at teacher at Dadaya Mission School in the Shabani now Zvishavane district eighty miles east of Bulawayo On arrival he bought a farm known as Hononui Ranch which would be his home for the rest of his life Due to ...