The little-known story of the first African president to visit the White House in 1943

The little-known story of the first African president to visit the White House in 1943

BY NDUTA WAWERU, Face2FaceAfrica Photo: Wiki CC Edwin Barclay was the 18th president of Liberia, serving between 1930-1944.  He became the first president to visit the White House in 1943. Barclay’s grandparents moved to Liberia from Barbados with their children in 1865. Born in 1882, he grew up to be part of the True Whig party, […]

Edmond Albius, the slave African child who created the multimillion-dollar vanilla industry

Edmond Albius, the slave African child who created the multimillion-dollar vanilla industry

BY MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR, Face2Face Edmond Albius Vanilla is one of the world’s popular spice. The expensive ingredient is the principal flavouring in ice-creams and cola drinks and is usually used in some fine perfumes and delicacies in the world. In mid 19th century, before the revolutionisation of vanilla, the world, and Mexico, in particular, was producing […]

Meet Henrietta Lacks, the Black woman whose cells were used to develop polio vaccines

Meet Henrietta Lacks, the Black woman whose cells were used to develop polio vaccines

BY FARIDA DAWKINS, Face2Face Henrietta Lacks in 1951…NBC News Henrietta Lacks in 1951…NBC News Henrietta Lacks was born as Loretta Pleasant on August 1, 1920, in Roanoke, Virginia.  One of ten children, she and her siblings were dispersed to different households upon the death of her mother. Her father was unable to care for all of his […]

UNAIDS awards ex-Zambian President Kaunda for contribution to HIV/AIDS fight

UNAIDS awards ex-Zambian President Kaunda for contribution to HIV/AIDS fight

Source: Xinhua LUSAKA, May 11 (Xinhua) — The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Friday conferred an award to Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda in recognition of his contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. The 2018 UNAIDS Leadership Award, conferred by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe and Zambian President Edgar Lungu, to the […]

The History and Experience of African Americans  in America’s Postal Service

The History and Experience of African Americans in America’s Postal Service

Written by Deanna Boyd and Kendra Chen Minnie M. Cox: A Postmaster’s Story Minnie M. Cox (1869-1933) graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and obtained a teacher’s certificate. She and her husband, Wayne W. Cox (1864-1916) were both politically active and supported the Republican Party. It was because of this support that Mrs. Cox was […]

Zora Neale Hurston: 87 years after writing of ‘The Last Black Cargo,’ the book is being published

Zora Neale Hurston: 87 years after writing of ‘The Last Black Cargo,’ the book is being published

  By Meagan Flynn May 2 Email the author Slavery in the U.S., by the numbers 1:17 / 2:00 Cudjo Lewis was getting old, and Zora Neale Hurston had something to prove. Hurston, the prolific African American author best known for “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” was just starting her career in 1928 when she traveled down to Plateau, Ala., […]

Tanzania, officially called the United Republic of Tanzania, celebrates its independence on this day.

Tanzania, officially called the United Republic of Tanzania, celebrates its independence on this day.

Happy Independence Day!! Tanzania was established on 26 April 1964 as a result of the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The name of the country was created as a clipped compound of the names of the two states. Tanganyika is often understood as a reference to Lake Tanganyika and is said to be derived from […]