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A native of Arcadia, Louisiana, James Cobb attended Straight University and Fisk University and studied law at Howard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and began working for Howard University in 1917. Cobb was a member of the Washington Bar Association for black lawyers and a special assistant to the attorney general. In 1925 President Coolidge appointed him a municipal court judge; he was the only African American on the municipal bench.

Nelson Mandela. A social activist and the first black president of South Africa. He participated in the eradication of apartheid and has been a global advocate for human rights. There is so much to write about this man but I could never fit it in this space.This link will lead you to a massive collection of information about a massive life. Prepare to be inspired.

In 1876, Belgium’s King Leopold II (1835-1909) convened a geographical conference in Brussels. Leopold proposed establishing an international benevolent committee for the propagation of civilization among the peoples of Central Africa (the Congo region). Originally conceived as a multi-national, scientific, and humanitarian assembly, the Association Internationale Africaine (AIA, African International Association) eventually became a development company controlled by Leopold.

Frederik de Klerk with Nelson Mandela-World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 1992

African Studies Association 55th Annual Meeting is in Philadelphia! November 29 – December 1, 2012 and focuses on “Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa”

Romanian Minister Says Cutting Funding For AIDS Programs can Help Organize More �Shakespeare Festivals�

On August 1, 1914, Marcus Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and brought it to the United States two years later. The UNIA started its Negro World Magazine in 1918 and the Black Star Line in 1919, launching the S. S. Frederick Douglass. There were reputed to be 4 million members in over 700 branches. #TodayInBlackHistory

We will be attending the #African Studies Association conference from the 20th-23rd of November. We do hope to see you in attendance. The 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association offers a unique opportunity for scholars across diverse fields to critically examine the locations of violence in Africa’s past, present and future, and the creative responses to these forms and sites of violence, including new opportunities for reconstruction.