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    FIRST PRESIDENT OF BOTSWANA (July 1, 1921 - July 13, 1980 Seretse Khama was born in Serowe, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate. He was the son of Sekgoma Khama II, the paramount chief of the Bamanagwato people, and the grandson of Khama III, their king. He became the first President of Botswana on September 30th, 1966 until his death from cancer on July 13th 1980.

    1930s Ghana: A young King Otumfuo Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, King of Asante from 1931 to 1970 via DarkMatter tumblr

    Poet, writer, politician and anti-colonial activist Aimé Césaire was born on June 26, 1913, in Basse-Pointe, Martinique, and his contributions to Francophone literature are invaluable in the cultivation of awareness and pride in Black African/ African diaspora cultures.

    Born c. 1686 in Ghana, Western Africa, into the Ashanti tribe and brought to Jamaica as a slave. She and her brothers ran away and joined the Maroons as children. Nanny and her famous brother Captain Cudjoe became Maroon leaders.

    Andre' in1977 André Watts (born June 20, 1946) is a classical pianist and professor at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Watts is the son of a Hungarian mother, Maria Alexandra Gusmits, a pianist, and an African American father, Herman Watts, a U.S. Army non-commissioned officer... He began to study the violin when he was four By six he decided the piano was his instrument...

    20 kids you wouldn't expect to be related.

    "Portrait of a black woman" - Alberto Henschel - 1870 - Far more enslaved Africans were taken to Brazil than to North America, and slavery remained legal in Brazil until 1888. Henschel left many striking portraits of African-Brazilian people, most of them enslaved.

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    Max Alfred "Maxi" Elliot (born 10 June 1961) is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent. He is best known for singing reggae music with an R and B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion, and became one of the first international successes who regularly dabbled in the genre and one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.

    Mademoiselle LaLa -- the only photograph of the famous Victorian acrobat known across Europe.

    The Ankh "Eternal Life"


    8 June 1961: Singer Shirley Bassey, from the Tiger Bay area of Cardiff, and film director Dr. Kenneth Hume, leave after their wedding at Paddington Register office. Shirley is wearing a pink costume with toque hat and veil to match.

    Princess Madia, one of the survivors of the slave bark "Wildfire" which was sailing to Cuba when it was intercepted by anti-slave trade cruisers on its way back from Congo. Princess Madia together with 100's of Africans were eventually taken back but to Liberia rather than the Congo River. Madia received this title from the crew members who called her princess because of her dignified look which inspired deference from some of the other Africans sailing with her. Harper’s Weekly (June 2, 1860)

    Jacques Roumain (June 4, 1907 – August 18, 1944) was a Haitian writer, politician, and advocate of Marxism. He is considered one of the most prominent figures in Haitian literature. Although poorly known in the English-speaking world, Roumain has significant following in Europe, and is renowned in the Caribbean and Latin America. The great African-American poet, Langston Hughes, translated some of Roumain's greatest works, including Gouverneurs de la Rosée (Masters of the Dew).

    George Bridgetower (1780-1860) He was born in Poland, the son of a black man and a Polish woman. He was an accomplished violinist who premiered works by Beethoven.

    President Edwin Barclay of Liberia May 26, 1943 President Edwin Barclay of Liberia, first African president to pay an official visit to an American president, arrived at White House.

    Gwendolyn Clarine Knight (May 26, 1913 – February 18, 2005) was an American artist born in Bridgetown, Barbados. Painted throughout her life, but did not start exhibiting her work until the 1970s. Her first retrospective when she was nearly eighty years old ("Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight," at the Tacoma Art Museum, 2003).[1] Her teachers in the arts included the sculptor Augusta Savage and Jacob Lawrence, whom she married in 1941 and remained married to until his death in 2000.

    THE STORY OF CANADIAN SLAVES — whose lives were as unjust and inhumane as those in the south — has largely been ignored. Slavery existed in Canada for 200 years and was officially abolished 30 years before the Emancipation Proclamation order was issued by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. | Historians believe there was an estimated 4,000 Slaves who were forcibly brought to Canada, either directly as property, or shipped through the trans-Atlantic Slave trade from other British colonies.

    Ten-year-old Esther Okade and her mother, Efe (Birmingham Mail). Esther started in January as a freshman at the distance learning college Open University, making her one of the youngest college students in England. “I actually wanted to start when I was seven,” she told CNN. “But my mum was like, ‘you’re too young, calm down.’” She is working on a algebraic workbook for kids, wants her PhD in Finance by 13 and to become a banker at 15. She is now enrolled in college level math.

    Josina Muthemba Machel (1945-1971) is a major heroine in the history of Mozambique & 2nd wife of Samora Machel. Her grandfather was a Presbyterian who preached nationalism & cultural identity against European assimilation. Her family was jailed as a result of their participation in opposition to Portuguese colonial administration. She is a key figure in the Mozambican struggle for independence, promoted the emancipation of African women & married the man who became the country’s 1st president.