From an article entitled “History’s Black Hole” from the January 10, 2016 global edition of the New York Daily News, Arthur Browne opines, “Across every field of endeavor, from the ministry to medicine and from education to entrepreneurship, book merchants balk at memorializing black experience and accomplishments.” Essentially, this book is a celebration of black accomplishments—over centuries and across continents—and seeks to fill a portion of that “black hole.”
Of the roughly 7 billion people who inhabit this planet, some 1.5 billion are classified as white, and blacks account for 1.1 billion. (The remaining over 4 billion are somewhere in the middle.) Yet, throughout the years, a paucity of written materials have recorded the positive influences and myriad contributions that the great number of black citizens have made toward global peace, progress, prosperity, and pleasure.
Dr. Elliston Rahming has a distinguished career in public service and academia.
He serves as an ambassador at the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC.
By its very nature, any undertaking of this magnitude must be collaborative and expansive. Therefore, in establishing a road map for this important endeavor, the first task was to determine the life-achievement categories.
This task was daunting; the possibilities approached infinity. In the final analysis, a decision was made to select ten broad categories—in no particular order of precedence—that cover the widest scope of human effort: Arts and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, Communications and Media, Education, Human and Civil Rights, Inventions, Politics and Governance, Religion, Science and Technology, and Sports.