Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, DBE: The First Woman Prime Minister of the Island of Dominica

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  Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, DBE   Mary Eugenia Charles was born on May 15th, 1919 in Pointe Michel, Dominica to parents John Baptiste and Josephine Charles; Eugenia’s family who was considered to be of the black bourgeoisie class. Her father John Baptiste was a successful entrepreneur who started as a small stone mason and […]

Granville T Woods: One of Americas Greatest Inventors

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  Granville T. Woods On April 23, 1856 Granville Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio to parents Cyrus Woods and Martha Brown. His family experienced poverty so Woods only attended school until the age of ten, he then began working to help his family survive. He worked in a machine shop where he would learn […]

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The First African-American PhD. in Chemistry

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    Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The First African-American PhD. in Chemistry April 16, 1921, Marie Maynard Daly was born in Queens, New York to parents Ivan Daly and Helen Page. Her father was a postal clerk from the British West Indies and her mother was a native of New York. Marie was inspired by […]

Indigenous Australian Activists Dr. Evelyn Scott

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  Indigenous Australian Activists Dr. Evelyn Scott In 1935, Evelyn Ruth Backo was born in Ingham, Queensland, Australia; she is the granddaughter of a former slave who was kidnapped from the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Early in life Evelyn’s father gave her sound advice about challenging social injustices, he stated “If you don’t think […]

John Archer: London’s First Black Mayor

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      John Archer: London’s First Black Mayor John Richard Archer was born on June 8th, 1863 in Liverpool, England; his parents were Richard Archer and Mary Burns. Richard Archer was a black man from Barbados and Mary Burns was and Irish woman living in England. Archer was able to see the world when […]

John Horse: Black Seminole Indian Leader Against Slavery

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  John Horse: Black Seminole Indian Leader Against Slavery The legend John Horse was born near Micanopy, Florida during the time of the War of 1812, his mother was an African woman who was a slave of his father, who was a Seminole Indian slave trader named Charley Cavallo. John Horse and his mother were […]

Antarah ibn Shaddad

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  Antarah ibn Shaddad One of the most well-known and respected figures of the Arabian world, Antarah ibn Shaddad was literally considered one of the seven prolific poets of pre-Islamic era. Antarah was born in 525 AD in the Saudi Arabian region of Najd to parents Shaddād al-ʿAbsī and Zabiba. His father Shaddad al-Absi was […]