ADT Spotlight

Henry20Louis20GatesAlthough he has been well-known as a leading scholar of African-American literature, history and culture since the 80's, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. became endeared to the American public through his television PBS special  mini-series, especially ‘African American Lives’ that he hosted in 2006 and 2008. As host of the show, he explored the genealogy of prominent African Americans and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey. He continued to build his reputation in part on his talents as a researcher and later went on to broaden his scope and traced ancestry of all races. Reruns of his shows and his most recent documentary 'Black in Latin America' have continued to gain widespread acclaim and appeal.

Gates graduated from Yale University in 1973 with a degree in history and continued his education at Clare College, which is part of Cambridge University in England. He finished his doctorate degree in 1979 to become the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from the university. Bearing many titles, Gates is an educator, literary critic, scholar, writer, editor, executive producer, author and presenter. He was the first African American to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his teaching, research, and development of academic institutions to study black culture. Gates sits on the boards of many notable arts, cultural, and research institutions. He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is also director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

peter_michaelPeter H. Michael is the founder and publisher of ‘Underground Railroad Free Press’, the nation's highest circulation Underground Railroad news publication. Through its web-based Lynx and Datebook services, Free Press serves as nexus of the international Underground Railroad community.  Michael is the founder of the annually awarded Free Press Prizes for leadership, preservation and advancement of knowledge of today's Underground Railroad, the top honors bestowed in the Underground Railroad community. He is also a co-founder and officer of Friends of the Underground Railroad, an international organization which promotes the memory of the Underground Railroad and the preservation of remaining Underground Railroad safe-houses and routes.

Michael’s work related to the Underground Railroad has roots in his family’s history. He is the owner and operator of Cooling Springs Farm that was purchased by his family in 1768. One of the few still-existing Underground Railroad safe-houses, it has been in the family for seven generations. Michael’s great-great-grandparents and their children once used the farm and its spring house as a haven for Underground Railroad freedom seekers through the end of the Civil War. One of the nation’s most visited Underground Railroad sites, Cooling Springs Farm is believed to be the nation’s only Underground Railroad safe-house still owned by the same family since Underground Railroad times, or one of only two. Michael and his wife Vicki have opened Cooling Springs Farm as a historic site to the public and to a number of national and local Underground Railroad and historical organizations for tours and study.

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When passing through London’s Gatwick Airport, travelers, no matter what race or nationality should be proud to learn that one of the world’s most recognized airports is now owned by a Nigerian because this is certainly a testament to how far we have come as a global society. But few people have heard about Adebayo Ogunlesi’s buying Gatwick Airport, London’s second largest and also second busiest international airport in the United Kingdom.

So for many, it has been one of the world’s recently best kept secrets. Ogunlesi, the son of an 86-year old professor of medicine, made the Gatwick deal through his company Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent investment fund based in New York, where he has lived for over the past 20 years. Where has the New York media been during this historical acquisition?

The man behind the World's First Multinational Carnival in Seychelles

alain_waterAlain St. Ange has been making waves in the global travel industry ever since he was appointed CEO of Seychelles Tourism Board by President James Michel in 2009. Because he has brought tourists arrival statics up since he’s been in office, St. Ange has been portrayed as the ‘savior' of Seychelles tourism. Forging ahead very rapidly with the tourism portfolio set forth by President Michel, St. Ange’s tourism approaches are being acknowledged and intensely studied by tourism officials around the African continent and beyond. He is respected as a leader in the field of tourism and has been asked to assist other countries in developing their tourism potential. Under St. Ange’s leadership, Seychelles has continuously been receiving many tourism awards and recognitions.

Celebrate_Gambias__Roots_Festival2011_Reception_by_Kitty-Pope_023Ogo Sow, a native of Senegal is a broadcast journalist and host of the first African émigré and expatriate radio program in the United States. Sow’s radio show, “Mr Africa Live,” features news, in-depth interviews, and African music and can be listened to in English, French, Creole and Wolof.  

Affectionately known in America as “Mr. Africa,” Sow is also a senior advisor for the African Travel Association on African Diaspora affairs who has reported extensively on major stories for ATA from Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania.  In 2001, Sow founded Ogo Sow Communication Network, a series of African radio programs for African Diaspora communities in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. He later moved to Atlanta to host “Night Watch,” an interactive radio segment on Africa that he hosted until 2005.