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June 25, 2019

Hazim Hardeman was the first secretary of African Community Learning Program and Temple University’s the first Rhodes Scholar. An Alumni of Community College of Philadelphia, Hazim delivered the speech below at the college’s commencement on May 5, 2018.

I know that I’m...

September 3, 2018

Wangari Maathai was born in April 1, 1940 in Kenya to a Kikuyu (also known as Agĩkũyũ) family, the largest ethnic group in the country. The term Kikuyu translates to “large sycamore tree,” and Agĩkũyũ translates to “children of the huge sycamore.” This caring relations...

September 3, 2018

Kofi Annan grew up at a time when change was in the air. Born in 1938 in the Gold Coast, the former British colony and now present day Ghana, Annan’s youth happened at the same time that his homeland was gaining its independence in 1958. This is a moment, according to...

August 23, 2018

"To be African is to be inspired by culture and to be filled with undying hope for the future.” Walé Oyéjidé wears this expression as much as he lives it. On a given day, the 32-year-old musician, lawyer, and fashion designer can be seen in clothes as diverse as his pr...

August 22, 2018

As the saying in team sports goes, “there is no 'I' in team.” Dikembe Mutombo, eight-time NBA All-Star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, wants you to know that there is no I in success either. As the native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo explains: “Yo...

August 22, 2018

In her first speech as the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf put her desire in simple terms: to "empower Liberian women in all areas of our national life.” She would do this from a position that no women ever held in the continent of Africa. Johnson Sirleaf b...

August 17, 2018

Isha Sesay was raised to believe that she could achieve anything. “Quite simply, I believed I could lead. I want to foster that same confidence in other young girls, ” she insisted. Sesay was born in France in 1976  and grew up Sierra Leone, her parents native country....

August 11, 2018

Trevor Noah was born in Johannesburg, South Africa at a time when his birth from a black mother and white father was a crime. Because of this, his mother was jailed shortly after his birth. He grew up poor. He “fled” to America after being threatened by his step father...

August 11, 2018

Ilhan Omar added a voice to her government that has been missing since its founding. In November 2016 with her election to the Minnesota House of Representatives, Omar became the first Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to office in the United States. But as the...

August 7, 2018

David Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to a father who was a Ghanaian diplomat. Consequently, he lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen, and Lebanon all before moving to Britain at the age of nine. This background of constant change has shaped the world famous archi...

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