Ken Okoth, born 1978, was raised in the Kibera slums of Nairobi. In 2005, Ken earned his Masters of Arts Degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington DC. He was a teacher, coach, mentor, director, and professor at various institutions including the Potomac School, Georgetown University, the University of Dar es Salaam, and the Children of Kibera Foundation. Kenneth Okoth Biography and Profile.
Temple Grandin, American Biologist and Scientist was born to parents Richard Grandin and Eustacia Cutler in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1947. At the age of 2, Grandin was diagnosed with autism. Grandin became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. Temple Grandin Biography and Profile.
Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar was born in Chicago in 1978 to Egyptian mother and Palestinian father. She’s an ward-winning American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator of several Arabic short stories and a novel. Her book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, won an American Book Award, a PEN Oakland Award, and a Story Prize Spotlight Award. Jarrar has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, and others. Randa Jarrar Biography and Profile.
Frederick Douglass was born around 14 February 1818 into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. In 1881, Douglass published Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which he revised in 1892. He taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Frederick Douglass married Anna Murray and they had five children. Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey biography and profile.
Karl Marx was born in Prussia on May 5, 1818. A hugely influential revolutionary thinker and philosopher, Marx did not live to see his ideas carried out in his own lifetime, but his writings formed the theoretical base for modern international communism. In 1836, as he was becoming more politically zealous, Marx was secretly engaged to Jenny von Westphalen, a sought-after woman from a respected family in Trier who was four years his senior. Paris was the political heart of Europe in 1843. There, along with Arnold Ruge, Marx founded a political journal titled Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher (German-French Annals). Karl Heinrich Marx biography and profile.
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, in New York City. Bourdain eventually attended Vassar College for two years and then graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in 1978. In 2002, Bourdain started his two-season run on the Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour, a series featuring Bourdain traveling the world seeking culinary adventures. Anthony Bourdain Biography and Profile.
Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, to Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. Stephen Edwin King Biography and Profile.
Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820 into into a wealthy family, Nightingale was determined to enter nursing despite its low status at this time. In 1854 she left for the Crimea with 38 nurses and sisters. Her major achievement in the Crimea was to organise the barracks hospital at Scutari, introducing proper discipline among the nurses and better sanitation. She became known as ‘the lady of the lamp’. Florence Nightingale biography and profile.
Peter Tabichi (Peter Mokaya Tabichi), born 1982, is a Kenyan science teacher and Franciscan friar at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. Peter Tabichi is the winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Peter Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. Peter Mokaya Tabichi Biography and Profile.
Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist, and the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network. Maria has more than 25 years of journalism under her belt, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). In 2018, she was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” and won the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-INFRA). Read Maria A. Ressa biography and profile.