ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
His Excellency Dr. Kwaku Danso-Boafo
Dr. David Dabydeen
Howard Dodson, Jr.
Ambassador Jesus “Chucho” Garcia
Dr. Budd L. Hall
Dr. Vincent Harding
Dr. Keith Jennings
Dr. George Lamming
The Honorable Zakia Hamdani Meghi
Donald Rodney, Attorney at Law
Kathy R. Scott
Dr. Ewart A.C. Thomas
Colin Hilaire Cholmondeley
Babacar MBow is an independent researcher whose work focuses on bridging academy and community knowledge. He has widely published on African Diaspora Memory, Modernity, Postmodernity and Philosophy of interpretation and culture. Mbow served for 11 years as the Broward County Libraries Division Programs and Exhibits Coordinator. He is the Director of Multitudes: The African Diaspora Center of Miami.
A consultant for the USAID, the African Union and several African states his books include: An Idea of Modernity in Haitian Contemporary Art (2008), Benin: a Kingdom in Bronze (2004) and Cultural Identity in Haitian Contemporary Art (2011). Mbow is also the Managing Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (Oxford, ABC-CLIO 2008). His new book: The End of the African Postcolonial State is forthcoming in 2014.
His Excellency Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo serves as the United Kingdom High Commissioner for Ghana. He received a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Suffolk University (Boston), a Master of Public Administration (with honors) from Northeastern University (Boston) and a Doctor of Philosophy from Howard University (Washington, DC). Professor Danso-Boafo taught at Clark Atlanta University, Georgia, during the periods 1986-97 and 2001-5 and later at the Morehouse School of Medicine 2005-9. He attained the rank of Associate Professor in 1994.
In 1997, he took leave from his academic duties to serve as Ambassador to Cuba, with concurrent accreditation to Jamaica, Trinidad, Nicaragua and Panama. During 2000 he served as Ghana’s Minister for Health. Until his appointment as High Commissioner, Professor Danso-Boafo was an Associate Professor, Deputy Director, and Coordinator of the International Health Track for the Master of Public Health Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. David Dabydeen was born in Berbice, Guyana. He attended Queen’s College secondary and moved to London, England. He studied English at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with honors. He then gained a Ph.D. in 18th-Century Literature and Art at University College, London in 1982. In 2010, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Guyana in China.
Dr. Dabydeen continues to hold his academic appointment as Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in Coventry, United Kingdom. He was a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board and is the author of seven novels, three collections of poetry and several works of non-fiction and criticism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Howard Dodson, Jr. is a national leader in the movement to preserve African American history. He was recently named the new director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and director of the Howard University Library System. Dodson retired last year from his position as director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after 27 years of service. He is credited with extending the reach and reputation of the Schomburg Center through major exhibitions and acquisitions. Today, the Center is recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. Dodson became chief of the Schomburg in 1984. Under his direction, the Center’s holdings doubled to 10 million. Acquisitions included the collections of Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry and Maya Angelou.
Jesus “Chucho” Garcia has served as the Venezuelan Ambassador to Angola, Congo and several other African nations.
He is is a leader in the hemispheric struggle for human rights, economic justice, and against racism. “Chucho” is the founder of the AfroVenezuelan Network and the AfroLatinAmerican Strategic Alliance that have a strong presence throughout Latin America.
He has written and spoken widely on culture, history, and globalization and weaves together the rich history of cultural resistance with an activist perspective on today’s struggles.
Budd L. Hall, PhD is currently UNESCO Chair in community based research and social responsibility in higher education and Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, Canada. He has devoted his professional career to mobilizing the international adult education movement worldwide and the creation and nurturing of organizations, networks, and structures of adult education in the international arena.
Dr. Hall, a US national, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria from 1965-1968, as head of Research for the Institute of Adult Education in Tanzania 1970-75 and then moved to Canada. In Toronto, Dr. Hall served as secretary-general of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and as chair of the Adult Education Department at the University of Toronto. Over the years he has worked closely with adult educators in more than forty countries from every continent. From 1997 through 2002, he served as chair of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization working group on University Based Lifelong Learning.
Dr. Vincent Harding is a native of New York City and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. In 1968, after several years as Chairperson of the History and Sociology Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, he was asked by Coretta Scott King to help her develop the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta and he also helped to organize—and became first chairperson of—the Institute of the Black World in that city. In 1997, the Harding’s’ founded the Veterans of Hope Project, at the Center for the Study of Religion and Democratic Renewal. The project is an interdisciplinary initiative on spiritual, cultural, and participatory democracy at the Iliff School of Theology.
In 2012, Dr. Vincent Harding was a Visiting Professor at Morehouse College. He holds the position Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Transformation at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and visiting Distinguished Professor, African-American Religion, Drew University. Dr. Harding is the author of many books.
Dr. Keith Jennings received his PhD from Clark Atlanta University and his BA from Fisk University. He has lectured nationally and held appointments as adjunct professor at American University, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine, where he taught courses on foreign policy, health and human rights, world politics, comparative politics and Black politics.
Dr. Jennings has written numerous popular and scholarly articles on Black politics, human rights and democratic development. He is also a frequent media commentator on foreign affairs. Dr. Jennings is a 2005 recipient of the Interfaith Alliance’s Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award and a 2006 recipient of the National Center for Human Rights Education, Human Rights Defenders Award.
Dr. George Lamming was born in Carrington Village, Barbados, Lamming attended Roebuck Boys’ School and Combermere High School on a scholarship. Before moving to England, he worked from 1946 to 1950 as a teacher at El Colegio de Venezuela, a boarding-school for boys in Port of Spain, Trinidad. From London Lamming eventually settled in Barbados. In 1967-68 Lamming was a Writer-in-Residence at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania, and taught at the University of Miami’s Institute for Caribbean Creative Writing.
In 2003, Lamming was made a Fellow of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and in 2011 he was awarded by the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) the Caribbean Hibiscus Prize. During the next decades, lecture tours and grants took him among others to Australia, India, Tanzania, Denmark, and the United States.
The Honorable Zakia Hamdani Meghi was born in Zanzibar and earned a Master’s degree in economic history. She is a widow and the mother of five children and eight grandchildren. Zakia held several Ministerial Appointments including Minister of Finance, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism and Minister of Health. She has been a Member of Parliament since 1985. She co-authored a book with her late husband Ramadhan Meghji and Clement Kwayu on women and cooperatives. She has contributed to journals on cooperatives and tourism and women issues. Zakia was a student of Walter Rodney at the University of Dar in History and worked closely with him. She also was a member of the Sunday morning studygroup.
Gail A. Reed is the founder and former International Director of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) and Executive Editor of MEDICC Review. She has written on social and economic issues in Cuba for the last two decades. Ms. Reed’s writings include: Denial of Food and Medicine: The Impact of the US Embargo on Health and Nutrition in Cuba; Island in the Storm; and a series on women and race in Cuba with Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole. Ms Reed is also Co-Producer and Executive Producer of the award-winning film ¡Salud!, a feature documentary on Cuba and the quest for global health, released in January 2007 and distributed by MEDICC.
In the 1990s, Ms. Reed regularly contributed to Business Week magazine, and was NBC News’ first Havana-based producer-correspondent since the early 1960s. She received her MS in Journalism from Columbia University, New York.
Donald Rodney, Attorney at Law is the youngest brother of Walter Rodney. He is an attorney-at-law, a qualified civil engineer and construction specialist. He received his secondary education from Queen’s College, Guyana and his undergraduate degree in Quality Engineering from the University of Reading in England. He received his Law Degree and Legal Practice from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Central England, respectively.
His work experience includes Botswana, the Caribbean and the UK. Presently Donald lives and practices law in Trinidad and Tobago.
Kathy R Scott is the only sister of Walter Rodney and the fifth of six children. Kathy is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is currently Graduate Assistant, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology. She obtained her Master of Arts in Sociology, Howard University and Bachelor of Science in Social Work, with distinction at the University of Guyana. Prior to emigrating to the US she was employed with agencies focusing on Domestic Violence and Responsible Parenthood. She was also a Part-time Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Guyana.
Dr. Ewart A.C. Thomas is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, USA. He was born in Guyana, and attended Queens College, Guyana and the University of the West Indies, Jamaica with Walter Rodney. Ewart received his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from UWI, Jamaica in 1963. He attended Cambridge University in England, where he received his Ph.D. in Statistics in 1967. After research and teaching posts at University College London and the University of Michigan, he joined the Stanford faculty in 1972. He has served as Chair of the Psychology Department and; from 1988 to 1993, Dean of the University’s School of Humanities and Sciences.
In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies, and in 2002, received a Distinguished Teaching award from the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU). In 2008, Thomas was the Ralph and Claire Landau Visiting Professor of Psychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Colin Hilaire Cholmondeley
International Consultant in Human Development. He has over 30 years experience in Senior Management position in both government and non government organizations. Former WRF Board Member from June 2011 – January 2014.